The History of Leith

September 25, 2004

School kicks up stink over depot

All it takes for evil to exist is for good men to say nothing up to now you have said nothing about this important issue. How about some support or do you honestly believe the right place for this is beside a school who is kidding who!

This is not strictly about the history of Leith nor the history of Scotland that impacted on Leith. However it is about the future of the town and Port of Leith and I am seeking as much support from ex Leithers, People of Leith descent and people who care for the future of Leith. let me hear from you as soon as possible as this is vital!!

Thank you

Saturday, 25 September 2004

If this is to be defeated we need as many objections as possible. Please send them to me ,John Arthur, Editor of the “Persevere” at as soon as possible. Thank you.

PLANS to build a waste transfer facility just a few hundred yards from a primary school have prompted a barrage of protests from concerned parents.

The school board of St Mary’s RC Primary School, Leith, contacted parents after it was informed of plans to turn a site on Salamander Street into one of Europe’s biggest waste-transfer facilities.

It is concerned the plant will cause a rat infestation, after hearing similar stories from residents near the old Powderhall depot.

A letter of objection to be sent to the council’s planning department cites concerns over noise pollution and smell from the site, and an expected increase in traffic.

The proposals go before the full planning committee on September 30, and the school board has written to staff and parents asking them to support its objections.

Board chairwoman Cathy McCulloch said she was “absolutely horrified” at the prospect of the waste facility being built in a residential area so close to a primary school. “One of the major concerns is the possibility of rats getting into the school,” she said. “We know from residents at Powderhall that facilities like this attract vermin, and there is a serious possibility of diseases being spread to the children at the school.

“In addition to that, we are looking at around 200 extra vehicles moving around a residential area with a lot of young children every day. I was absolutely horrified when I found out about this, and I am shocked that there was not more consultation with the local community before the plans got to this stage.”

City planners have recommended that councillors give the go-ahead to the application, from John G Russell (Transport) Ltd in Glasgow, with head of planning Alan Henderson saying the plan was appropriate in terms of land use.

The site, which has been used as a glassworks and chemical works, is home to warehouses and a rail freight terminal.

City chiefs have been searching for a waste depot site since the ageing Powderhall facility was temporarily closed in 2002 after the discovery of asbestos. About 250,000 tonnes of rubbish would be processed at the Salamander Street site annually before being shipped to a landfill site near Dunbar.

Objections have already been received from whisky giant Whyte and Mackay, which operates a bottling plant on a neighbouring site.

Questions have also been raised about the amount of consultation before the proposal went to the planning committee.

Gillian Robertson, of the local residents association, said they had been notified of the plans only a few days ago. She said: “We really couldn’t believe this was happening. We are already fighting to have something done about the smell from the Seafield sewage works, and this is the last thing we need.”

Local councillor Philip Attridge said he had been shocked to find that so few people knew about the plans, which he called “totally inappropriate” for the area.

He has sent more than 600 letters to residents informing them of the proposal, and received more than 70 objections.



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