By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — A controversial plan to bring Dumpster Depot to town was approved last week, but neighbors say they will continue the fight against the business.
Planning Board officials voted, 5-2, to approve a plan to bring the Dumpster facility to Ashleigh Drive.
Board members Al Dimmock and Ann Marie Alongi voted no.
The plan has had a long stay in front of the board.
After several public hearings and a lot of dissent from abutters and neighbors, the plan gained its conditional approval.
The plan calls for a 7,200-square-foot, two-story Dumpster Depot to be built in the growing area near the new Wal-Mart and other new businesses. Officials are banking on that area to help boost economic development in town.
Some conditions were attached to the plan’s approval, including updated landscaping, revised hours of operation, only empty Dumpsters allowed on the site, no washing of the Dumpsters and no fueling done at the property.
There could be up to 350 Dumpsters stored at the facility.
Project engineer Chris Tamula said the company has satisfied the town’s wishes.
“We understand the sensitivity of the surrounding areas,” he said. “We’ve given in to about every request by the town and abutters.”
Even with updates and improvements, some neighbors are still not happy.
Residents of Greenwich Road and Don Mac Drive said the facility would be too close to their homes, would be unsightly and would lower property values.
Greenwich Road resident Brenda Wilson has been a regular at meetings and very outspoken about the plan.
“We live about 900 feet behind the property and I am the only home on Greenwich Road,” she told officials at an earlier meeting. “I won’t be able to go out my back deck without seeing orange Dumpsters.”
Some residents said they would somehow appeal the decision.
There was no public comment taken at last week’s meeting.
Many officials said they didn’t think the Ashleigh Drive location was the best for this type of business, but all rules and regulations were being followed.
“The applicant has met all requests and made significant changes to his plan to accommodate the town,” Planning Board member Randy Chase said.
“I think we are derelict of our duties to the people of the town of Derry,” Dimmock said. “I’m dead set against approving this in our town.”