Plans For Temporary Road Proving Controversial

wholesalers site 2Plans by the Council to build a temporary road through Porthmellon Industrial Estate to the Moorwell refuse site have received objections from business users.

Waste consultants SLR have submitted the application following discussions with the Moorwell Improvement Group – residents from the Jackson’s Hill and Pilot’s Retreat area.

They’re worried about increased traffic on Moorwell Lane during planned works to clear the backlog of rubbish on the site.

That’s expected to start soon, and the road would be reinstated once the work is complete in 2015.

But Oriel Hicks, who runs Phoenix Stained Glass, and Mark Praeger, from the Ales of Scilly Brewery, have both voiced concerns about the proposal.

Oriel says constructing the road will delay the start of the clearance work into next year’s tourist season, which could also make problems with vermin worse as it’ll be taking place in warmer weather.

She also says lorries “full of stinking rubbish” won’t make it easy to encourage visitors into businesses on the site.

Oriel says the ‘hedge’ that will be removed under the scheme is actually three rare elm trees and taking them away will remove valuable screening of the site.

On top of that, there are safety concerns for pedestrians, she says, while emergency vehicles trying to squeeze past refuse lorries as they exit the estate is “a recipe for disaster.”

This was a view echoed by Mark Praeger, who also feels the project is a waste of money,

But Clive Sibley of the Moorwell Improvement Group says they’re fully supportive of the new road.

He says the path that connects Old Town with Porthmellon Beach is extremely popular and provides one of the main pedestrian access routes for school children.

MIG feel it’s important to provide separation from vehicles and pedestrians at this pinch point, says Clive.

An alternative vehicle access seems to be “an absolute no brainer” he says, because the Industrial Estate is designed for commercial vehicles.

The proposal is due to go before planners at their next meeting on the 19th of November.

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