Residents ‘up in arms’

‘Disgusted’ Dungiven residents opposed to plans for a household recycling centre in the town have vowed to hold sit down protests to try and stop it being built.

Work on the facility is expected to begin in early autumn and it’s due to open around March 2012. In coming weeks an archeological survey is scheduled. When completed the facility will be accessed through the existing entrance to Dungiven Sports Pavilion (DSP).

The development first came onto Limavady Council’s agenda in the early 2000s.

Speaking at the Council on Tuesday, Mayor and Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey revealed residents have threatened to sit down in front of the diggers. He said; “Now we don’t want this to come to anything, but I’ve been surveying each house and it is a very delicate situation.”

Sinn Fein Colr. Anne Brolly said; “We need an amenity site in Dungiven, “ she said. “I think it is important we proceed with consideration.”

Residents living on Chapel Road and Bleach Green fear their house values will drop and are concerned about the centre attracting vermin, as well as about noise, traffic and pollution levels.

“I’ll be looking directly at it from my front window,” said a Bleach Green resident. “This is not the place for it and we are very angry. We don’t want it here.”

A Chapel Road resident said: “There may be planning permission for it but Council have underestimated the strength of feeling about it and we will protest, peacefully, to ensure our opinions are heard. Residents are up in arms about it.”

A Council spokesperson said officers had worked hard, looking at various other sites for the facility but none were suitable for various reasons.

“Prior to submitting the current proposals for planning approval Council held an event in DSP, open to the public, and displayed the plans and proposals and had staff on hand to talk with people, and people did turn up. We put it in for planning permission and got it and Council will comply with all conditions Planning Service have attached.

“This will be a well managed, modern site. It will be subject to licence by the Environment Agency with which the council will comply.”