Fifty-eight representations against Veolia’s plans to build a waste processing centre at Invermay is unlikely to be enough, with an independent consultant recommending it for approval.
The development application to build a recycling centre at 19-25 Churchill Park Drive, the former Humes concrete manufacturing site, was recommended for approval by an independent consultant.
An independent consultant was used because the City of Launceston council has had a commercial contract with Veolia to collect the municipality’s waste and recycling since April.
Despite it being recommended for approval, its approval is subject to 50 conditions ranging from usages to start times to noise and waste storage.
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Nine public questions on notice were also received by the council on the matter, seeking clarification and asking if the council would appreciate the plant next door to their home.
The Examiner spoke to a group of residents earlier this month, that live near the site, who raised concerns and deemed it an inappropriate choice.
The main concerns were:
- Traffic congestion on Forster Street due to 50 trucks to be stored at the site, with the potential for it to increase to 70
- Safety for children and adults using the street to cycle, walk, exercise or access parks
- Associated noise, vibrations, dust, vermin and odour affecting nearby homes
Some of the concerns were addressed in the DA’s conditions, except concerns on traffic and safety to other street users was not.
Odour and dust must not cause environmental nuisance beyond the plant’s boundary. Noise from the site must not exceed 50 A-weighted decibels between 7am-6pm and 40 A-weighted decibels between 6pm-7am.
Another was all practicable measures must be implemented to eradicate, prevent and discourage the presence of vermin in order to not present an unacceptable health risk.
A time condition on rubbish collection trucks starting-up and departing from the site was limited to 5.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday for a maximum of three vehicles and 6am to 6pm for the rest of the trucks.
The final decision will come down to the councillors on Thursday, who will assess the DA against the planning scheme.
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