Controversial garage waste plant gets green light

PLANS for a waste transfer facility in the Ballygawley area - which were opposed by local residents - have been approved by the Department of the Environment.

The facility, which is to store oil and other garage waste, is to be built on a site in the Cravenny Road area, between Ballygawley and Dungannon.

People living in the locality made their opposition to the development known in August last year, claiming the facility would have up to 25 deliveries and removals a day.

Local residents were angry that the development had not been sited in an industrial area, rather than a rural location.

The planning application was recommended for approval, despite attracting 25 letters of objection.

The company behind the proposal, Liverpool based OSS Group, insisted that the project would create jobs and be environmentally friendly.

A spokesman said: “We recycle 95 per cent of what we collect. We will be providing employment opportunities to local residents – probably five initially – and will continue to do so as our business develops.

“The site will operate only as a temporary storage facility/transfer station for the garage wastes prior to its shipment for recycling, now all undertaken on the mainland.

“We operate three collection vehicles, two of which will be based here. At present there will be around six vehicle visits to the site each day.”