Plans are in the works to build a new peat processing factory in Hove, East Sussex, less than a mile away from Sir Paul and Heather's beach front home there. Garden products firm Westland Horticulture plans to build a facility on the site which would process, package and store imported Irish peat and Russian bark for sale to garden centers. The factory would be built along side the Shoreham Power Station which was built on the site of the Brighton B power station in 1999.
Sir Paul and Heather own a six bedroom villa called Algel's Rest located on the Western Esplanade near Shoreham Harbour. Sir Paul has joined his neighbors in trying to put a stop to these plans which would their peace by creating noise, dust and unpleasant smells. Sir Paul and his neighbors have formed a league called the Western Esplanade Management. They have written to the Adurd District Council to "strongly object" to the building of the factory. They protest:"the extremely serious health and environmental impact on the quality of life experienced by residents owing to the large volumes of traffic. There is also concern at the possible pollution which may be caused by dust and odors from the processing of peat."The Adurd District Council officials as well as many of the local residents approve of the plans to build the factory. One Hove resident was quoted as saying:"It will create around 50 jobs and that will be as strong in councilors' minds as the celebrity objections."They [Sir Paul and his celebrity friends] have only been here a couple of years but are already shouting the odds. 'How can they moan when their homes are already right next to an established industrial site? The power station has a colorful history and employs more than 400 people. Under various guises, it has been a landmark of the local community for more than 130 years. The power station supplies 500,000 homes and the peat plant will provide even more jobs for the area."The Adurd District Council leaders will rule on the proposed factory plans at a committee meeting next Tuesday.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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