Delight as firm pulls out of depot plans at Hayling

Portchester Fire Station

UPDATE: Six crews put out house fire in North End

Have your say

CAMPAIGNERS have told of their joy after plans for a concrete recycling depot on Hayling were dropped.

Brenchley Civil Engineering wanted to change the use of Howard’s Yard, a former scrapyard, off Mill Rythe Lane.

But the application met with huge opposition from residents who feared it would mean lots of extra heavy good vehicles using busy Havant Road – the only way on and off the island.

Brenchley has withdrawn the plans following more than 400 objections to Hampshire County Council, the planning authority.

Gill Wrixon, who lives close to the site, led the campaign.

She said: ‘I feel huge relief because it really did look like it was going to happen.

‘It would have been bad because of the heavy goods traffic that would it would generate on Havant Road which is only a single carriageway.

‘But as well as that we were worried about the noise from the concrete crusher – it would have disturbed the residents. And there is evidence that there would have been noise and dust pollution.’

Brenchley has a depot at Farlington and carries out highway repairs.

It wanted to convert the Hayling site into a storage area for lorries and have a recycling machine for some of the materials that are dug up during roadworks.

Councillor Leah Turner represents Hayling on Havant Borough Council.

She was also happy with Brenchley’s decision.

‘This is good news and I’m extremely pleased,’ said Cllr Turner.

Ian Murray, the agent acting on behalf of Brenchley, said whatever happens there will be something on the site.

‘My client takes public opinion very seriously because it has an impact on their business and they care about what the local community thinks,’ he said.

‘They feel strongly that the application has been misunderstood and misrepresented by an element of the local community.

‘On that basis they have made a decision that they don’t want to be somewhere they are obviously not wanted.

‘They have decided to seek another site to locate their business.’

Mr Murray said the company owns the land and will be seeking planning permission for industrial use and will probably let it.