Published Thursday 14 December 2017 at 11:58
A public meeting is being held next week to share plans for the former V10 Polymers plastics recycling site in Blackburn.
The multi-agency meeting has been arranged to take place at Ivy Street Community Centre, Blackburn at 6pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
There will be updates from the Environment Agency, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Constabulary, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the site’s new owner Dennis Rogers.
The purpose of the meeting is to update people in the area on what has happened since the fires at the site in Paterson Street and next steps relating to the future of the site.
Speaking ahead of the public meeting, Dennis Rogers, the new owner of site, said:
I appreciate that it’s been a difficult time for everybody living in the area. I want to be able to meet residents before Christmas so they are clear on future plans for the site.
To provide reassurance we have taken steps to provide 24-hour manned security at the site to ensure that the site is secure to lessen the risk of any further fires.
As the new owner of the site I wanted to take the earliest opportunity to share information and hopefully provide some much needed reassurance for the future. I look forward to meeting residents and answering any questions.
Chair of the meeting, Sayyed Osman, Director of Adults Services, Neighbourhoods and Community Protection, said:
We felt it was important to help facilitate a public meeting where residents were able to meet the site’s new owner and ask questions.
We understand the fires at this site have had a huge impact on people in the area and indeed on wider public resources. The quantity and location of the waste has been a major concern for the local community so we fully support the new owner’s arrangement to have 24-hour manned security on site and welcome his plans to clear the site ready for development.
We hope that residents will come along to the meeting to provide them with much needed reassurances and ensure their opinions are heard.
There will be opportunities to receive feedback and ask questions at the meeting. Ward councillors have also been invited to attend the meeting.
There is no need to confirm your attendance, people are asked to just turn-up on the evening.