Residents invited to comment on ‘Banana Plantation’ proposed exploratory works

Published Monday, 9th April 2018
Environment and planning news
Environment and planning news

Residents living in Parkgate have been invited to comment on proposed exploratory works on an area of Council-owned land near Infirmary Road.

The site is commonly known as ‘Banana Tip’ or ‘Banana Plantation’ because of its shape, and is used by local people for informal activities such as dog-walking. 
The Council has received a request from local company Steelphalt to undertake exploratory works on the land. The investigations would involve digging some trial pits and sinking two bore holes. The works would take a few days to complete and the land would be fully reinstated afterwards.
Steelphalt are investigating whether slag tipped on the land several decades ago could be extracted for use in their road-stone manufacturing plant at Templeborough in Rotherham.  
Rotherham Council will shortly be deciding whether to agree to Steelphalt’s request to undertake initial exploratory work, and is therefore asking for residents' views on the plans before works go ahead. 
A drop-in session has been arranged at Rawmarsh Joint Service Centre on Wednesday 11 April between 4.00pm and 5.30pm so that residents can view the plans and discuss the proposals.
Rotherham Council’s Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment Damien Wilson said: “The Council recognises the value of local green spaces such as this, and remains committed to ensuring residents can continue to access and enjoy them. 
“At this stage, Steephalt are simply asking to carry out exploratory works. If we agree to this, and Steelphalt find that the site is viable, they would then need to provide a full proposal for the Council to consider which would of course need to go through the planning process and obtain the necessary planning permission.
“We are keen to understand local people’s views on this so these can be taken into consideration in deciding how to proceed.”