Petition against waste site near Brooklands Nursing Home, Saundersfoot, handed to National Assembly
2:29pm Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
A 4,000-signature petition opposing plans to put a civic amenity site next door to a Pembrokeshire nursing home has been presented to the National Assembly by campaigners.
Protestors wearing red t-shirts and carrying placards were on the steps of the Senedd yesterday (Wednesday) where the petition was received by William Powell AM, who chairs the National Assembly for Wales' petitions committee.
The Pembrokeshire County Council proposal for the major waste disposal site has been met with a storm of protest because of its close location to Brooklands Nursing Home, Saundersfoot, which has 40 elderly, mentally-ill residents.
The petition is calling on the Welsh Government to consider if the residents would have their human rights infringed if the site was built.
Said Mr Powell: "It is essential that the concerns of affected residents are fully considered when the location of such facilities is decided upon.
"The fact that residents' families, staff members and supporters from far and wide have created this petition demonstrates the degree of concern that has not effectively occurred in this case.
"The committe will now proceed to giving this petition full and urgent attention."
Brooklands co-manager Darren Umanee, whose family has run the home for 27 years, thanked Mr Powell and the petitions committee for accepting the petition. He added: "I hope that, with their support, Pembrokeshire County Council will take account of our concerns and rethink their proposal."
*Pembrokeshire County Council's cabinet approved the acquisition of the land for the civic amenity site in July, but has yet to put its planning application for the development in to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority . Council spokesman Len Mullins said: "At the moment, we are unable to give a date for the submission of the application."