Isle residents are up in arms about a firm’s plans to store a huge consignment of ammonium nitrate fertiliser at Keadby.
PD Ports, based at Middlesbrough, has applied to North Lincolnshire Council under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act for permission to store up to 4,999 tonnes of the substance in bags at their depot in Station Road, Keadby.
Angry residents, along with members of Crowle and Ealand town council, are now gathering a petition of names to present to the council, to make their feelings known against the application.
Crowle Coun Trevor Barker said: “A petition has been organised and is now doing the rounds. People are unhappy. They feel that this application is highly inappropriate for this area and are mounting strong objections to it.”
There was no-one available to speak to about the application at PD Ports when Bells tried to contact them on numerous occasions.
But it is understood the fertiliser is used by Isle farmers and the company claims there will be no risk attached to the bulk storage of the substance in their Keadby port facility.
However, Isle MP Andrew Percy said: “I have received a number of calls from concerned residents. Subsequently, I have been working with Coun John Briggs on this issue. He has already called for the planning application to be heard by the planning committee, which will enable residents to have their say at the hearing.
“In the meantime, I will certainly be supporting residents by making our views known to the planning authority and I would ask that residents copy me in on their own individual responses to the council.” Guidelines are set out by the Health and Safety Executive on storage of such materials.