The city council of Zottegem announces that it has again issued a negative advice for the license application of Regomef, a sludge processing company that wants to establish itself on the industrial estate in Grotenberge. Various arguments in the context of mobility and the environment form the basis of the advice.
“The city council already issued a negative advice in June 2021, on which the application was refused. The company filed a new, modified application earlier this year, which was subsequently subject to a public inquiry. However, that investigation shows that the file contains too many uncertainties in the field of transport and it does not guarantee that mobility nuisance can be kept to a minimum. In addition, the site is not intended for the layout described in the application, with a maximum of industrial buildings and parking spaces”. explain mayor Evelien De Both (N-VA) and alderman of the Environment Leen Goossens (CD&V). “Despite the fact that the new application takes into account a number of arguments from our previously delivered negative advice, it has not yet been adjusted sufficiently and the entire city council has therefore decided to issue an unfavorable advice again. Based on the arguments raised during the public inquiry, we cannot support the application of the sludge processing company to establish itself in our city. We therefore submit a well-founded negative advice to the Province and hope that this will be followed. The location of a company such as this on a local industrial estate, close to a residential area, naturally causes the necessary concerns among our residents. The city council shares those concerns and confirms that there are simply too many ambiguities. Should the sludge processing company establish itself in Grotenberge, mobility problems, various forms of environmental nuisance and economic nuisance will undoubtedly arise. That’s a toll we don’t want to pay.”