The dates for two further consultation events over plans for an asphalt plant in Cowes have been confirmed, with the company behind the proposals saying that “other existing commitments” mean they must be held after the deadline for comments on the planning application.
Eurovia Roadstone wants to build the plant on the old landfill site at Medina Wharf. At a public meeting in East Cowes Town Hall on 7 August, people who live near to the proposed site said they were worried about the potential impact on health and increase in noise and possible pollution. The company promised further consultations would be held to answer residents' concerns about the proposals.
Eurovia has since submitted further information to the Isle of Wight Council, and a three-week period of public consultation on the proposals was launched. Although the deadline for the public to send in their comments closes on Friday 21 September, Eurovia has confirmed it is to hold two further sessions for residents - individually or in small groups - to find out more information on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September, between 10am and 4pm at Newport Football Club on St George’s Way.
In a statement, Patrick Riley, Director of Eurovia Roadstone said: “This is an opportunity for residents to meet us and to hear more about our proposed plans and additional information submitted as part of the planning process. Whilst we realise these dates do fall outside the public consultation period set by the Council, unfortunately, owing to other existing commitments of both Eurovia Roadstone staff and at the venue chosen to host the meetings, it has proved difficult to facilitate these meetings any earlier than this. However, we anticipate that the public interest in the planning application will continue and we are committed to keeping local residents informed about the plans and to provide them with the opportunity to discuss any concerns and queries directly.”