RESIDENTS are fuming after discovering a lorry will go down 'their street' every three minutes after a massive glass bottling factory is completed.
People living near the Quinn Glass site being built at Ince have got their hands on figures which reveal the impact of the factory once it reaches full capacity.
Pressure from residents has led Quinn to reveal an exact breakdown of the lorry movements along Ash Road.
Quinn says that each day from Monday to Friday there will be 367 lorry movements between 7am and 7pm with 101 overnight. At weekends there will be 192 during the day, both on Saturday and Sunday, with another 192 on each night.
Campaigner Ian Jackson, of Osier Close, Elton, who runs community website www.elton.merlin-it.com, is worried about noise and emissions from the wagons which will use the main access road to the nearby housing estate where he lives.
He said: 'The council is allowing no respite at all for residents. With a seven-days-a-week operation we will have thundering lorries going past all the time. I just think it's traumatic.'
Chester City Council has not yet determined the planning application but is allowing the development to be built without permission so Mr Jackson believes it will simply get rubber-stamped.
'The council seems to be fully on the side of Quinn with this one,' he added. 'I think there is a feeling of futility among the residents,' said Mr Jackson. 'There will be jobs created and people obviously want jobs but whether or not we get the jobs is without guarantee.'
Last week The Chronicle revealed that the city council will have to decide whether to grant Quinn a permit to operate based on its compliance with the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control regulations. Environment manager David Hosker, who will compile the report to go before city councillors, said at the moment Quinn would be in breach of IPPC.
But Mr Jackson does not trust politicians to look after the interests of locals.
'It's a real worry. It certainly doesn't instil any confidence in them,' he said. 'I find it disappointing that no one from the authorities seems to want to help ordinary people out on this.'
Rival firm Rockware Glass, which fears the impact of the Quinn Glass factory on its own business, has been highlighting fears about the lorries and pollution emissions.
In a recent letter to residents, the company claimed Quinn's figures underestimate the true scale of the traffic generated by the plant.
According to Rockware's predictions: 'This would result in up to 694 (not 468) HGV movements during the daytime every weekday. Similarly, overnight and weekend HGV movements must be much higher, possibly rising to 285 (instead of 192) each day at weekends, and to 150 (instead of 101) overnight each weeknight (Monday to Friday).'
Lucy Brooksbank of Jacobs Babtie, on behalf of Quinn, says it is hoped to reduce lorry movements from 468 per weekday to 360 by investigating the use of rail, the Manchester Ship Canal and double trailers.