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Police are looking to identify a man who may have been involved in the assault of a taxi driver in Wainfleet last month.

At around 9.15pm on May 2, a taxi driver was assaulted on the A52 Skegness Road in Wainfleet.

The assault caused injuries to the taxi driver’s tongue and jaw, and CCTV images of the man allegedly involved have now been released.

Other police attempts to identify the man have so far proven unsuccessful, so a public appeal has been put out on June 18.

If you know who he is or have any information about the incident, call 101 and quote incident 548 of May 2.

Alternatively, you can email [email protected] and use the same incident reference in the subject box.

Residents near a proposed waste recycling centre fear the site could be dangerous to future workers and users after years of being a dumping site for “toxic waste”.

Those living close to the planned £2 million facility at the former landfill site on Kirkby Lane, Tattershall Thorpe, worry the area could be toxic and say more work needs to be done to ensure its safety.

The Environment Agency and East Lindsey District Council’s Environment health officer, however, say the site presents “no significant human health and environmental risks,” and that the plans can go ahead as long as they work to prevent the Old River Bain being contaminated.

A notice on the gates of the site has only enhanced resident’s fears, however, Lincolnshire County Council has denied the sign is theirs and said they will remove it.

The signage reads: “Danger, Do not Enter”:

  • “Toxic site – lethal dust/soil”
  • “Poison gases”
  • “Underground fire hazard”
  • “Explosion risk”
  • “Bio hazards”
  • “Unstable ground”
  • “Animals entering this site have died within 1-2 hours”.

Objections to the plans from local residents have claimed it was previously used to dump acid tar, and that objects were deposited there which were infected with Swine Vesicular Disease, Fowlpest and Foot and Mouth Disease.

In an extensive response to the authority, one resident, Ben Duncan, says toxic gases are emitted from the site from time to time and that there is a risk of explosion, as well as a danger of toxic dusts and fire.

A danger sign at the entrance to the site. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Concerns have also been raised that documentation listing what may or may not have been dumped at the site are missing.

Tim Claxton, regional estates manager at Aggregate Industries, which is sited opposite the planned HWRC, said: “You will be aware of course that the site in question is registered as contaminated land.

“We are not aware of any official records of what materials were tipped on this land in the 1960s and 1970s, but we are aware from local knowledge that septic tank waste was tipped in there in the 1980s.

“Furthermore, we are led to understand that when the landfill was active, industrial waste and refinery byproducts were brought in from Rotherham and Sheffield.

“Given the nature of this waste, we are concerned about the potential for groundwater contamination should the landfill be disturbed.”

The application has been called in by Councillor Tom Ashton, of Tattershall Castle Division, who said he has picked up on the concerns of local residents.

How the new HWRC would be laid out.

The plans have been supported by Tattershall with Thorpe Parish Council, however Tumby Parish Council objected.

They said: “[The council] believe that the site is unsuitable due to the previous use of the site as a dumping site for toxic waste.”

They added “insufficient soil testing” had taken place and expressed concerns over the stability of the ground.

“Concerns have also been expressed about the health and safety of the public, contractors, local residents and land owners. How will they be protected from any toxic hazards if the plans go ahead.

“There are more suitable sites for this development in the area which have already been identified but apparently dismissed.”

Comments from the Environment Agency note the previous uses of the site “presents a risk of contamination to controlled waters” and said a remediation strategy would be needed or the council would face objections.

The entrance track to the site. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Arshad Bhat, Scientific Officer at East Lindsey District Council, said an investigation into the former waste lagoon site concluded in 2018.

“As a result of this assessment I believe there are no significant human health and environmental risks associated with the site,” he said.

He added that a review of the site investigation report “did not identify geotechnical or geoenvironmental risks.”

Neil McBride, head of planning at Lincolnshire County Council: “It is really important that residents share their concerns with us.”

He said comments to the application, which is listed under PL/0051/21 would be considered by the council’s planning and regulation committee expected to take place on July 26.

“The report to the planning committee will address issues raised by the local community and include the comments from the Environment Agency and the East Lindsey District Council Environmental Health Officer.

“This will ensure the councillors have sufficient technical information to make an appropriate decision on the application.”

Plans to close Station Road in Waddington for two months of roadworks have been changed at the last-minute by council bosses.

Work is due to start to build a new, wider footpath along the north side of Station Road from the junction with Brant Road to Somerville Close on Monday, June 21.

The road was due to be closed to through-traffic for more than two months, but now council bosses decided instead to use traffic control measures.

They include temporary traffic signals in place between the Brant Road and Somerville Close junctions of Station Road.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “We’ve listened to and understand local people’s concerns and, on this occasion, we were able to go back to the drawing boards to find a less disruptive way of working.

“This change means locals, commuters, buses and other vehicles can continue using Station Road as normal throughout the project. Drive times will still be affected, though, so we encourage anyone traveling in and around Waddington to leave extra time for their journeys.”

The road will be closed between June 21 and September 3. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The project is expected to take up to 10 weeks and be completed before the end of the school summer holidays, with work scheduled to finish on September 3.

Divertions were originally planned along Brant Road to Blackmoor Road, through Harmston, and then along Grantham Road back to Waddington.

There were fears the work would cause extra congestion alongside the Pelham Bridge closure.

Station Road in Waddington at the junction with Brant Road and Somerville Close. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

To create the new path, the kerbs along the north side of Station Road from the junction with Brant Road to Somerville Close, will all be lifted. The new wider path will then be laid and the kerb stones reset.

Some of the kerbs on the opposite, south side of the road, will also be replaced with ones that better reflect surface water to help with drainage.

Areas of Station Road will also be patched or resurfaced during that time as necessary.

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