Action group slams site as acid tar ‘death trap’

NRHNBE120214f1, Members of cinderhill oposition group Kes Sampson and Steven Slack.
NRHNBE120214f1, Members of cinderhill oposition group Kes Sampson and Steven Slack.

The Cinderhill site has been the scene of highly contentious struggles between residents and developers.

Cinderhill Opposition Group (COG) was set up in 2008 to fight plans by CEG, together with the Banks Group, for up to 300 homes and 30 hectares of employment land.

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Amber Valley Borough was left with a £10,000 bill after COG took them to the High Court to get the planning permission quashed, claiming the wording of the agreement meant toxic tar pits in the area might not be cleaned up.

Stephen Slack, of Bramble Way, Kilburn, said: “I would hope that AVBC are a little more vigilant this time. COG presented a lot of factual reports last time yet the council decided to trust the developers. That was clearly a mistake.

“The concerns raised by the community are still valid. The community cannot wait forever to get these poisonous tar pits cleaned up.

“If the latest proposals do not deliver, the council must find another way to rid the community of the poisons which are proven to be beneath our feet. Surely the council have an obligation towards our health.”

On the Facebook page of Support Our Struggle – a campaign group opposed to the development of the Green Belt in Amber Valley – a poster called “Snowdrops Smith” made this statement: “This is a clever ‘divide and conquer’ tactic.

“AVBC will encourage people to think that if they agree to a large settlement in Denby this will take the pressure off the other proposed builds. More likely, AVBC will push through the Denby build first and then one by one they will push through the other developments.”

Last year, Amber Valley Borough Council identified 16 potential ‘strategic sites’ for housing throughout Amber Valley. One of the options considered asked whether growth could be met by the development of one or more ‘new settlements.’

But the council has warned it “may need to consider development on land beyond the existing Local Plan allocation, including land currently within the Green Belt.”

Cllr Stephen Hayes said: “It is vital to stress that, at present, this is an option, which is part of our continued series of consultations regarding potential strategic locations currently being considered as part of the Core Strategy.”

The council will choose its preferred options for housing growth by the middle of the year, and will then carry out further public consultation.

Public exhibitions are to be held on Tuesday, February 21, at John Flamsteed School, Denby between 4pm and 8pm; on Thursday, February 23, at the Lion Hotel, Belper, between 3pm and 7pm; on Friday, February 24, at the Leisure Centre in Ripley, between 3pm and 7pm; on Monday, February 27, at the Village Hall in Kilburn, between 4pm and 7pm. Comments can be made online at www.ambervalley.gov.uk, or by email to ldf@ambervalley.gov.uk