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Court greenlights controversial asphalt plant
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Court greenlights controversial asphalt plant

29.01.2015 From our online archive
An administrative court has given its go-ahead for the construction of an asphalt plant at the Um Monkeler industrial zone, despite local protest.

(CS/jag) An administrative court has given its go-ahead for the construction of an asphalt plant at the Um Monkeler industrial zone, despite local protest.

Sustainable Development State Secretary Camille Gira gave the project the green light in February last year, saying that it complied with regulations and that there were no grounds to withhold planning permission.

However, authorities from the nearby communes Esch/Alzette, Mondercange and Schifflange issued a negative report on the project, with a petition against the plant receiving over 1,000 signatures by local residents.

Objections raised include pollution and noise pollution fears, as well as worries that traffic in the area will become unmanageable through the addition of lorries accessing the industrial zone.

An administrative court has now confirmed Gira's position, saying that all terms and conditions to receive planning permission had been met by the developers.

Additionally, the plaintiff's were unable to prove that the plant would be harmful to the environment and the local population, the court ruled.

While this should settle the dispute, according to Schifflange mayor Roland Schreiner, the communes are set to meet for talks to discuss their next steps.