PROPOSALS to extend the opening hours of the tip in Burton have been met with concerns over noise pollution.
People living at Shobnall Marina say they are plagued with noise from the compactors, which often spark up early on a Saturday morning or in the early evening during the week.
They are now worried that if the waste plant changes its hours, it will become even more of an issue.
Janette Orton, who runs the marina, off Shobnall Road, told the Mail: “They have applied to open seven days a week, but have said they won’t, and have applied to open earlier and later. They say they won’t do either, but why are they asking for it then?
“I have no objections to them being open, but when they are compacting you get this ‘bang, bang, bang’ because they use the machines.
“If it’s during the day time it’s not so much of a problem, but they don’t do it then.
“All we’re asking is that they keep it between reasonable hours.”
Noise complaints have also been made by people moored at the site.
FCC Waste Services, which runs the household waste and recycling centres for Staffordshire County Council, has applied to accept trade waste, alter the opening times and put up CCTV at the site.
Burton is one of 13 around the county which could be subject to change under the application.
Councillor Ron Clarke, who represents the area for Staffordshire County Council, and sits on the authority’s planning board, said he was not overly concerned about the impact it would have.
He added: “Reading through the report, it would appear the county council has taken all the necessary precautions.
“All the councillors are looking at the best methods in trying to cost and keep waste out of landfill.
“I think we can improve the situation in a way which is not to the detriment of people nearby.”