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MP urges council to reconsider waste recycling site

Created on 30/09/2018 @ 12:58
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Powys County Council’s ability to grant itself planning permission for a bulk waste recycling centre at Abermule has been questioned by MP Glyn Davies.

He said had a private developer applied for such use on the outskirts of the village it would have most likely been refused.

His comments came after around 200 people, mainly villagers marched to the site of the recycling centre and business park.

Earlier, Mr Davies said that as planning permission had been grant there was not much that could now be done.

He has now urged the council to reconsider siting the centre in Abermule.

“It’s not an issue I have any control over, but I am concerned about the Planning Committee’s decision,” said Mr Davies.

“In my view, permission has been granted by councillors to the Council itself which would almost certainly have been refused to any other developer.

“I served as Chairman of the local planning committee for seven years when Michael Backhouse was Chief Planning Officer. No way would this have happened then. 

“Seems to me the full Council have the power to do this (they have done it) but it’s just not right. I hope the full Council will think again.”

Earlier on his Facebook page, he posted a photograph of the protest and said the former county councillor for Abermule had been in support of it.

Mr Davies said: “The council’s planning committee has given planning permission - unwisely in my view. The Planning Committee gave a permission to the council which it would not have given to anyone else. This is unacceptable. 

“Several points to consider. When the Council decided to locate the site here two years, the then Abermule councillor was actually in support of it.

“There is a far more suitable site for sale in Newtown - but of course it’s at a cost to the Council. And despite being Abermule’s MP, and supporting the protest, I have to remember that it’s a council decision and a policy area devolved to Welsh Government - making me a protestor rather than a decision maker.

“Well, I am protesting. My advise is that it’s too late to challenge the planning permission. Only sensible way of protesting is to write to the Leader of the county council asking her to step in and stop it going ahead. It’s what I’m doing.”

Photo: Protestors who marched to the site of the planned bulk recycling centre (Photo via Glyn Davies Facebook)

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