Opposition to haulage site plan

SLEAFORD Town Council and Silk Willoughby Parish Council will be among objectors to amended plans to expand a haulage yard on the outskirts of Sleaford.

The retrospective application by M C Mountain and Son for their yard off London Road, Quarrington is continue to use additional land to store lorry tractor units, trailers and roll on/off skip bins. They are prepared to limit the increased total number of vehicles across the yard to 58 tractor units, 82 trailers and 12 public service vehicles. But two past applications have been rejected due to disturbance and visual impact, but officers are recommending permission by NKDC planning committee on September 25.

Silk Willoughby Parish Council has concerns about the number of lorries travelling through the village day and night and feels it is time the site relocated somewhere more appropriate or at least restrict operating hours. Town councillors objected on highways grounds, flood risk, potential water pollution and contravening the local plan.

Coun Brian Watson argued Mountains had been swamped as the town grew and it as unfair to drive out an employer for more houses. But Coun Mark Graves reasoned: “Lorries and houses do not mix. We have sympathy but we do need to limit the amount that site grows.”