Hundreds protest at plans to open tip by junior football club

The tip is to reopen on Droppingwell Road in Rotherham, close to Millmoor Juniors Football Club
The tip is to reopen on Droppingwell Road in Rotherham, close to Millmoor Juniors Football Club
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Hundreds of people have signed a petition against plans to reopen a tip close to a junior football club and a primary school.

The Environment Agency has granted a licence to Grange Landfill Limited to dump more than 200,000 tonnes of waster per year at the site off Droppingwell Road, Kimberworth.

The tip is being reopened due to historic planning permission for extra landfill being granted in 1958.

Over 500 people have now signed a petition against the reopening of the tip - citing concerns about heavy lorry traffic going to and from the site, as well as the lack of consultation with residents.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has written to the Environment Agency to express her concerns.

The petition, set up by local resident Beverley Pepperdine, states: “Droppingwell Lane is a narrow, winding, somewhat like country road and is not suitable for heavy lorry traffic.

“This is the route that hundreds of schoolchildren travel each day. Millmoor Juniors play their football in this area. There is a children’s playground. Blackburn primary school is in this area.

“I encourage residents of Rotherham to say no to this tip being reopened. There has been no consultation with residents.”

Joel Sharpe, junior section secretary of Millmoor Juniors, said: “With up to 600 people using the facility on a weekend, it would be extremely dangerous to have a large amount of lorries accessing the tip while children are around.”

The tip is also close to The Grange Golf Club and the Pete Cowen Golf Academy.

Objector Holly Barraclough said: “I don’t agree with this tip being reopened in such a lovely area.

“Children and adults play on the football pitches in close proximity to of this, as well as golfers at the local driving range.”

Grange Landfill Ltd has been granted an amended licence, allowing it to take in 205,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Permitted items for disposal include clay and soil, as well as glass, bricks and concrete. An Environment Agency spokesman said domestic waste would not be taken on to the site.

Grange Landfill Ltd is linked to MHH Contracting, which runs a Sheffield waste site on Carlisle Street East.

Martin Hague, managing director of MHH Contracting and a director of Grange Landfill, did not respond to requests for comment from The Star.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “The Environment Agency has agreed to vary the environmental permit of Grange Landfill Ltd for its site at Dropping Well in Rotherham to allow the company to bring in inert material that will be used for the restoration of the site.

“The decision to allow the permit variation followed a rigorous assessment of the company’s proposals to ensure that the company’s activities will be carried out in a way that does not impact on‎ the environment or local amenity of the community‎.

“The permit includes conditions to control the types of waste accepted, monitor emissions and control noise and vibration, and the operator must carry out some environmental monitoring before its operation to provide baseline data.

“Our officers will closely monitor the environmental performance of the site to ensure that the conditions of the permit are met. If anyone experiences pollution in relation to this landfill site, they should report the matter to our incident hotline on 0800 807060 so we can investigate.

Rotherham Council’s strategic director for Regeneration and Environment Damien Wilson said: “Our officers are working closely with the Environment Agency, colleagues in Public Health England as well as environmental health and legal officers to ensure proper consideration is given to residents living in the locality and that all necessary legal requirements are being met.”