Angry villagers say 'no' 160 times
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• Angry locals are attempting to stop three transporter firms using an operating centre in their village to distribute 300 cars a week produced at the Vauxhall plant in nearby Luton, claiming that the transporters are too noisy.
At a public enquiry next Friday (16 September) some 160 villagers — much of the population of tiny Slip End, Bedfordshire — will oppose Abbey Hill, Tolman and Autocar being given permission to continue using the marshalling yard which they have shared for years.
The inquiry — described as "the biggest of its type ever in the country" — before the Eastern Area Licensing Au thority, follows applications earlier this year from the thre to renew their 0-licences.
The solicitor for the companies, road transport expert Colin Ward, says the centre is "absolutely vital to Vauxhall's position in the market". He is holding urgent talks this week, with senior Vauxhall managers to discuss the case.