Council votes to continue with plans for South Cerney depot
Release date: 18 August 2015
Following a Council Meeting today, a majority of Members of Cotswold District Council did not accept a motion calling for the withdrawal of plans for a vehicle depot at South Cerney.
The meeting was called following the submission of a petition by local residents which indicated that the village would not be a suitable site for the depot. However, during the debate, Councillors were reminded that they had discussed the purchase of the site, currently owned by SITA UK, in September 2013 and no objections had been raised at that time.
Commenting on the meeting, Deputy Leader of CDC and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning Cllr Nick Parsons said:
“I would like to thank the local residents and Councillors for the contribution they made to the debate. The motion arising from the petition was rejected and we now await the outcome of the Council’s application for a Certificate of Lawful Use. If granted, the Council will then seek to complete the purchase of the site for use by Ubico Ltd as a vehicle depot. Members also acknowledged that the site already has a valid planning consent for such use and, if CDC does not complete the purchase, it would almost certainly be sold to another haulage operator.”
“If the Council does complete the purchase of the depot, I must emphasise that we are a democratically accountable organisation and we will be committed to working closely with the local community on the treatment and use of the site to minimise any potential impact whenever possible.”