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Residents voice landfill fears over Little Hay Golf Complex plans in Bovingdon
Bovingdon residents have been angered due to a "misconception" that their local golf complex might soon be used as a landfill site.
A planning application to modernise the site has been submitted by Little Hay Golf Complex. The remodelling would involve 295,000 cubic metres of inert materials, or "clean soils", arriving to the site by heavy goods vehicles over a proposed 18-month period.
Some residents have expressed concern, having assumed that this would mean using the golf complex as a landfill dumping ground.
Glenn Povey, chairman of Bovingdon Parish Council, said: "A common misconception going around the village is that it will be used as a landfill site. Some people have started putting posters up around the village about it though."
Residents of Upper Bourne End Lane and Bourne End Lane said they received a letter of "notification", three weeks before the application was put forward.
One resident of Bourne End Lane, John Mawer, said: "There is something nasty going on here. It’s being kept hush-hush to the people it will affect the most. This isn’t going to be landfill, it’s going to be land rising. 295,000 cubic metres of construction waste is an absolutely huge amount. Something doesn’t add up."
In a statement from Dacorum Sports Trust, who lease the golf complex from Dacorum Borough Council, a spokesperson said: "The recycling of inert materials for the re-use in construction projects is wholly encouraged by UK and EU legislation. Inert materials are non-reactive, and therefore pose no environmental or human risk.
"Largely these would comprise soils and stones that are extracted from construction excavations, and instead of simply wasting these by deposition in landfill voids, as was common practice in the past, it is much better to re-use these in new construction projects."
Mr Povey added: "They say it is going to be clean soil so we have to accept that."
The plans involve the remodelling of 14 holes on the existing 18-hole golf course and the implementation of a water harvesting system that includes the construction of an irrigation lagoon, Collection lake and a drainage system.
The application also seeks permission for a temporary access for construction works on Upper Bourne End Lane. The sports trust has estimated that there would be a total of 75 lorries in and 75 out of the site every day.
Mr Povey said: "We, as the parish council, haven’t actually got an objection per se, the only thing that is going to be an issue, in our opinion, is the volume of traffic that will be going up Bourne End Lane, and the damage that the lane would sustain with that number of lorries going in and out every day. We don’t feel their traffic management plans are robust enough to handle the volume.
"If a resident is trying to access their house and they have to wait for ages it is not going to be very good for them."
The plan is to manage traffic through the use of traffic marshals in two-way radio contact who would be placed at points along the route to minimise any traffic issues.
A spokesman for Dacorum Sports Trust said: "There are a small number of houses and businesses located along the road. They have liaised with all these businesses as part of the process, and the schedules of the most intensive uses are currently being reviewed by their highways consultants.
"The road is a reasonably quiet country lane and this route was proposed to avoid the much greater traffic impacts that would be entailed through the use of the very residential Box Lane at the current entrance to the site."
Hertfordshire County Council has said they won’t be able to comment before the application has been through the proper planning process.
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