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Villagers win fight against lorries

Planning councillors have unanimously rejected proposals that would have seen lorries loaded with vegetable waste servicing a proposed anaerobic digestion plant at Woodmansey on the grounds of the detrimental impact on local residents.

Approval had been granted last November for the £4.4 million plant off Plaxton Bridge Road, to take potato waste produced on-site at M&F Ltd. Then, after M&F Ltd went into administration in March, an application to truck-in root vegetable waste from off-site was lodged with the council.

Planning officers raised no objections to the proposal but villagers launched a 212-name petition against the move and turned out in force at last week’s East Riding Council Planning Committee. The committee heard that Woodmansey Parish Council had strongly objected to the amended application due to the strength of feeling voiced by local residents and the lack of technical information regarding pollution, fire safety, traffic, vermin and general public safety.