After strong objections from Hayling Island residents controversial plans for turning the site formerly known as Howards Yard Mill Rythe Lane into a concrete recycling depot have been scaled back.

Fears about increased noise pollution heavy haulage traffic and dust were highlighted when initial proposals surfaced before Christmas. Brenchley Civil Engineering Ltd had submitted the plans in light of them needing a site to recycle concrete during highway repairs across Hampshire and West Sussex. The Farlington based firm will now be removing the training centre element from their proposal which was one of the points causing concerns.

Application agent Ian Murray thought plans had been blown out of proportion by many. There will now be an open day for residents to see how the recycling machine will be used. Ian added: We plan to show the public what the machine is and take away that fear.

Its a fear that this is going to be a great big crushing depot. Thats not what it is at all. It will take up about 10 per cent of the yard.

The main use is as a depot for vehicles coming in and going out to fulfil contracts. He did say however that he understood concerns about traffic.

The open day will happen on Saturday January 18 between 11am 3pm.