Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, berated Redcar and Cleveland Council for their “sheer incompetence in approving a slaughterhouse in Boosbeck”.
Reiterating his clear opposition to the development, Tom Blenkinsop said “It is taking too long for council officials to get back in touch with BASH, myself and the development owner to discuss more suitable premises, as promised in previous meetings and communications. I complained to the Council over two and a half months ago about the processes involved in approving the slaughterhouse, but I am yet to receive a response to my original complaint.
In previous meetings, we had an understanding that a potential deal could be made for all parties to be happy. The potential for a deal is still on the table, but time is slipping by. We cannot wait any further and need action from the Council immediately to rectify the planning officers’ earlier decision.”
Boosbeck Labour Councillor Dave Williams agreed with Tom: “The view in Boosbeck is that, whilst things are moving, the Council must act quicker.”
Tom said: “From the start, inept decisions have been taken. A catalogue of poor judgement calls have got us here, which I have made clear to Redcar and Cleveland Council. However, there still remains a clear way out for the Council. Let’s get on with doing the work to make this deal happen, so Boosbeck’s residents can be left in peace.”