Bristol waste firm McCarthy Marland Waste Management 'seeks to double' its annual limit
A COUNCILLOR has aired his concerns that a waste management plant wants to double the amount of material it processes each year.
McCarthy Marland Waste Management, based in St Philip's, lodged a planning application in December to double the total waste processed from 40,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes.
Councillor Mark Bailey (Lib Dem, Windmill Hill) said he has dealt with numerous complaints from resi- dents about noise and dust already in an area of Totterdown close to the site.
But Alex Marland, of McCarthy Marland, said the company had always been allowed to process 80,000 tonnes of inert, industrial and commercial material and believed the reduction was an error.
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He said he was more than happy to speak with anybody concerned with the impact on their homes.
Mr Bailey said: "I have dealt with problems and complaints from people living in Totterdown for years.
"I get a lot of complaints about the industrial estate about noise, dust and out of hours working.
"Over the past couple of years I have become increasingly concerned about the concentration of waste services in St Philip's."
He said residents in properties in Totterdown streets on the other side of Bath Road are worst affected and would suffer more if the tonnage was allowed to be doubled.
"At the moment it's 40,000 tonnes but they have now applied for 80,000 tonnes of waste to be allowed on site," Mr Bailey said.
"It would certainly add to the problems people who live close to the area are already facing.
"I know of people who can't open their windows in the summer because of the noise and dust – that is not right.
"I am the first to admit that if we are to recycle efficiently we need these waste stations in the locality so that vans can dump stuff off but can't see why we need such a high concentration in one area."
But Mr Marland says the company merely wants to have the originally agreed terms reinstated.
He said the company had been granted a licence in 2006 to process 80,000 tonnes of material per annum. But when the company applied last year for an additional waste sorting unit a condition imposed by the planning committee stated the site could only process 40,000 tonnes.
Mr Marland said: "The recent planning permission had a condition of 40,000 tonnes and I have put in a planning application to have the original agreed amount reinstated."
He added: "We have not had anyone come to us directly about the impact on their properties.
"We don't have any problem talking to residents or anybody who is concerned. We are a licensed business that is run as it should be."
Mr Marland said his was one of several large companies that operated in an industrial area.
"The road kicks up a lot of dust because a lot of large vehicles go up and down it," he said.
"In terms of noise ours is an undercover operation and we keep noise down to a minimum."
A spokesman for Bristol City Council said he was unable to confirm the company's original planning terms.
But Councillor Gus Hoyt, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Communities and Equalities, said: "I have made clear my own opposition to any further expansion in this area and I would be very concerned at any move to increase waste treatment capacity here. I am certain that any new application is something we would want to look at very carefully indeed.
"I would also want to see the community of St Philip's included in the conversation about this."
Councillor Guy Poultney, Cabinet Member for Homes, Planning and Regeneration, added: "This is clearly a regulatory matter that must go through a fair and legal planning process, and it may be for a planning committee of councillors to make a judgment based on law and policy."