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Public meeting to discuss Kimberworth landfill site

Proposed landfill site

A public meeting is being held in Kimberworth, Rotherham, this evening to discuss plans for a landfill site.

Hundreds of people are backing a campaign to stop the scheme, which could see huge amounts of waste dumped near homes, a primary school and a golfing academy where Masters champion Danny Willett is coached.

But they face an uphill fight - because the tip on a former colliery site is covered by historic planning permission granted in 1958 which means landfill can go ahead.

The company behind the scheme, Grange Landfill said it would only be for inert waste like soil and rubble and wouldn't attract pests or produce odours.

The Environment Agency has said the site would be closely monitored and that a 'rigorous assessment' of the company's proposals had been made to ensure activities would be carried out in a way that did not impact on‎ the environment or local amenity of the community‎.

But residents don't believe that's possible, fearing they will face health implications and an increase in traffic, as well as the potential loss of the nearby sports facilities.

The meeting starts this evening at 6 pm at Winter Hill School.