Residents delighted with decision

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RESIDENTS say they are delighted the height of the landfill won’t be increased.

Hartlepool residents Jean Kennedy and Kate Dixon both spoke out against the plans at the planning meeting, saying people have had enough.

They argued the landfill is already too high and the permission to increase the height should be rejected.

Speaking afterwards, Mrs Kennedy said: “We have fought this long and hard and I am over the moon.

“The health and wellbeing of residents is paramount.”

Mrs Dixon added: “I am pleased and relieved but concerned they might appeal and the cost to the public.

“They should accept the decision that has been made.”

Putting Hartlepool First group leader Councillor Geoff Lilley asked Mrs Dixon if she felt comfortable with the short-term implications of the decision.

Mrs Dixon told the meeting she had “no faith” in the firm abiding by future agreements and said the council needs to take a stand.

Independent Councillor Paul Thompson, who sits on the committee but did not vote on the application, was speaking on behalf of the Seaton ward councillors.

Coun Thompson, given a round of applause from the public when he stopped speaking, said: “Where does this stop?

“Are we likely to have another application in future requesting a 35m or 40m extension?

“The planning committee has the opportunity to nip this in the bud.”

Coun Lilley asked him if residents were aware of the consequences of rejecting the application.

Coun Thompson said: “I think they are.

“The residents of Seaton would rather put up with a short-term disturbance than endure it indefinitely.”

Coun Thompson added that he was concerned about the cost of a possible public inquiry, but said the health of the residents of Seaton and Hartlepool should come first.