Council is to oppose firm’s expansion plan

Sutton Bridge Parish Council is opposing an engineering company’s bid to expand its business because neighbours are complaining about noise nuisance from its existing works.

Residents of Lime Street, including Nigel Fenton, told the parish council that Dodfrey Engineering doesn’t stick to the operating conditions imposed on the business under its existing planning conditions.

He said doors are often open when heavy machinery is running and residents are suffering.

Coun Vicky Hills agreed and told the meeting: “They don’t adhere to the conditions that are set now.”

Member Jenny Rowe said she visited the company when the doors were open while the angle-grinder was working.

“It was agreed that this door had to be closed,” she said.

Mr Fenton told the meeting: “They have been reported by about ten residents.”

Coun Shirley Giles said she had already contacted South Holland District Council’s planning department because the company’s planning application had indicated “no” to the question: “Is it in a flood risk area?”

She said the planning authority has agreed to contact the Environment Agency before it does anything else.

Coun Michael Booth proposed the parish council should object to the extension because residents living near the engineering business already experience problems.