Discussions are being held over alternative routes for Nestle’s controversial pipeline plans – which they currently hope to run up Fairfield Road to their proposed new bottling plant at Waterswallows.
The move comes after widespread concern was voiced over the effect the disruption would have on the main route into Buxton and its possible impact on businesses, residents and commuters.
High Peak Borough Council will determine the applications and this week Councillor Linda Baldry, HPBC’s Executive member for Planning said: “We are very well aware of and sensitive to the concerns in the town about the potential for significant disruption that these plans could create.
“With this in mind we are in discussions with Buxton Mineral Water to investigate alternative routes to that proposed.
“We are also co-ordinating our approach to these plans with Derbyshire County Council, who have responsibility for traffic management and, between the two councils, we will ensure that all possible alternatives are examined.”
Buxton’s County councillors Robin Baldry and Pam Reddy have this week expressed their opposition to the proposed direction of the Nestle pipeline.
“Fairfield Road is one of the main routes into and out of Buxton; any disruption to this road is felt throughout the entire town, having particular impact on Fairfield. The day of the Fairfield Road Chip Shop fire, the town ground to a halt.”
“This is why we are dismayed that Nestle (Buxton Water) are actually proposing to inflict this known misery and distress on the town of Buxton, the town to which it owes its very healthy living,” said Cllr Reddy.
The councillors and local residents have also highlighted the impact that even minor road works had on Sunday which resulted in queues over Fairfield Common and into Buxton town centre.
“There were other routes considered and discounted. However, we feel that these could be revisited. The least disruption to the residents of Buxton has to be the priority of this development, and cost to this company should not be a driving force,” said Cllr Reddy.
Among the concerns raised have been the possible delays if emergency services needed to get to Fairfield; the economic impact of a loss of trade to businesses in Fairfield and those in the town centre; and impact on the town if tourists were put off visiting.
Peter Clark, who lives on Fairfield Road, is among those opposed to the plans. He has launched a petition which is available at G and T Motor Spares, Mycock Butchers and Stewarts Shop in Lightwood Road.
He has also criticised High Peak Borough Council after not all residents and business that would be affected were sent a letter, with some missed completely and others receiving only one letter to a property when the are a number of flats.
However Cllr Linda Baldry said while they acknowledged that not everyone who might be affected had received an individual letter, the Council was confident that everyone who needed to know about the proposals were aware of them.
“Although the published consultation deadline is January 13, the Council will accept all comments received up until the proposals are considered by Development Control Committee. The expected decision date is February 14,” she added.