By Alex Kapadia
A controversial scheme to build a motorway noise barrier out of tyres could be revived – months after it was blown out.
The planned tyres sound barrier scheme for the M27 was rejected after being branded a “devious means of fly tipping” waste materials.
However, Raymond Brown Minerals and Recycling is now trying to win over objectors to the project aimed at blocking out traffic noise from the busy motorway.
The councy council rejected the plan three months ago after it was told that “very few residents” would benefit from the 375m-long barrier built from baled tyres and construction industry waste.
It was claimed that the proposals would lead to extra traffic as the building operation would involve transporting a tyre mountain to the site.
But now Raymond Brown’s environmental and development director Steve Cole has invited residents near the site to discuss the proposals.
In a letter to residents, Mr Cole said: “We would still like to proceed with the project and would like to meet with you to dispel some of the issues that came from the planning debate.”
He also says in the letter that the use of the word “fly-tipping” by objectors was not justified.
“The project was not about fly-tipping as was stated by both your local member and the parish council chairman. Fly-tipping is an illegal, unsustainable practice having a potential cost to the local community for site clear-up.
“We considered the use of this term to have been highly derogatory with respect to our company image. We were named as Company of the Year in Hampshire 2009.”