Waste depot plans cause controversy

NEIGHBOURING businesses are kicking up a stink over plans to relocate a rubbish depot to an industrial area of Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Waste Management Limited has applied for Sheffield Council for permission to move the plant, which employs five people, from Beeley Wood to Surbiton Street, Carbrook.

The company said its new location would operate from 8am until 5pm Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays, employing the same five staff as at present.

It would be able to handle up to 10,000 tonnes of commercial waste each year.

Operations would be based within a warehouse at the Surbiton Street site, which was last used by a transport company.

Notification has been sent to surrounding businesses in the area, which is close to the Motorpoint Arena.

Three of the companies have made objections to council planners.

John Robinson, operations manager at Exhausts UK Limited, said: “I do not consider the access is adequate for such activities.

“The units are allocated as light industrial units only and the forecourt area is mostly designated as car parking spaces and not to provide access for a constant flow of HGV vehicles.

“We have 15 full time employees on this site and around 20-30 visiting retail customers each day, many consisting of families with small children.

“Constant movement of HGV vehicles in and out of the next door premises via the shared courtyard and forecourt would create a danger for these customers and our own employees.”

He called for the new waste station to have an alternative access.

Meanwhile, Peter Jarvis, one of two people from another neighbouring firm, Objects, added: “I am mostly concerned about the pollution and smell which may arise.

“The adjoining walls between our premises are only partly constructed of breeze block walling with a fire screen paneling to the top.

“Such a proposal being approved would have an immediate and detrimental effect upon our business and such effect may result in the loss of jobs and future employment opportunities within our business.”

Sheffield Council has not yet set a date for a decision on the South Yorkshire Waste Management application.