THE PROPOSALS to site a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Alexandra Dock as part of the Green Port Hull initiative have been largely welcomed by local people. But Hedon Town Council is now expressing concerns that the supplementary commercial development could bring heavy industry uncomfortably close to the town.
Hedon Town Councillors have listed their concerns over plans to site renewables supply industries on land near to the ancient town. Whilst plans to use the 80ha (200 acres) Paull Enterprise Site have been in the public domain for some time, the council is particularly concerned about the proposed use of a larger 159ha (390 acres) site for commercial development. It is feared that the location of wind turbine supply industries on this land would bring heavy industrial development right up to the Hedon by-pass on the outskirts of Hedon.
Councillors have expressed concern about the potential loss of green space between the town and new industrial developments. The green space encompasses the ancient and historic Hedon Haven area as well as a natural pond area which is populated by great crested newts, water voles and other important wildlife.
Heavy industrial development on Hedon’s doorstep, it is also feared, would have unwelcome impacts on the quality of life of local residents and increase noise, traffic and pollution. Additionally, landscape views and historic sight lines between St Andrew’s Church, Paull and Hedon’s St Augustine’s would be lost forever.
Councillor Neil Black summarised the fears of many present at the meeting; “For the sake of short-term benefits and economic gains, we might experience long-term negative impacts.”
Hedon Town Council will be making its views known as part of an East Riding Council ‘fact checking exercise’ on local development plan documents.