Recycling battle forces home sale
PUBLISHED: 15:23 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010
MONDAY, AUGUST 4: A WOODBURY Salterton resident says she sold her home because of the constant battle" for a recycling centre in the village. Olly Foatt and her husband Christopher Hatherley, who now live at Higher Metcombe, sold their house at Little Paddocks because of
A WOODBURY Salterton resident says she sold her home because of the "constant battle" for a recycling centre in the village.Olly Foatt and her husband Christopher Hatherley, who now live at Higher Metcombe, sold their house at Little Paddocks because of the "never-ending" planning applications for a kerbside recycling facility at Greendale Barton Industrial Estate.A Devon County Council (DCC) spokesman said the latest proposal was refused by councillors, last week, after they decided it was outside the local plan and they couldn't see any exceptional circumstances to change this.Mrs Foatt, a resident for 13 years, said: "You can't fight powers as big as East Devon (District Council) - we couldn't take it any more."We moved solely because of the constant battle and we knew we would never stop was going on."Residents have been fighting this and other similar applications for years. Devon County Council received 46 letters of objection against the plan, and Mrs Foatt had even hired solicitors to go through the mounds of planning papers "to understand what was happening and the effect on my town".The proposal to build a building and compound for recycling purposes on the outskirts of the village is heavily supported by East Devon District Council (EDDC).EDDC Councillor Ann Liverton, Raleigh ward, said: "I think it's a great shame because this is not an application for development."According to DCC councillors the reason for their support is based on the EDDC's contract with SITA UK, a recycling and waste management company, who require increased levels of recycling in the next few years although the current facility at Honiton does not support this.DCC councillor Christine Channon, representative of Budleigh division, said: "The District Council has found themselves in an impossible position with SITA. "People (of Woodbury Salterton) are not celebrating though because they don't know when the next application is going to come."The applicants, FWS Carter and Sons, can now apply for an appeal to the decision taken last week but it would need to be signed off by the Ministry of State, Hazel Blears, for it to go through.