'It's a very difficult decision': councillors split on Valley Ridge
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Mixed feelings have been voiced among community leaders over fears that developers of a £500million ski resort could "walk away" from the project.
Investors in the Valley Ridge project have voiced concerns over plans which could see a nearby landfill site given a 13-year extension.
Vice-chairman of Barham Parish Council, Frances Millward said: "It would be a shame for the village if the Valley Ridge project did fall through because it has been going on for a long time and it brings in a lot of work and happiness to the area.
"After the year we have had it will be good to have somewhere where people can go out and do things so I do think it would be a shame if they did pull out.
"It will put the area on the map."
Chairman of Great Blakenham Parish Council, Steve Plume said Suffolk County Council have a very difficult decision to make.
"Holes in the ground are rare and it is an active landfill site which has been managed for decades," Mr Plume, said.
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"It is a very difficult decision the councils have got to consider, because they need to continue landfill but also support a development that will increase local employment and bring in revenue.
"It is not one that should be taken easily."
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Suffolk County Council says it has received a planning application to allow the Masons site, in Great Blakenham, to continue to operate into the future.
County Councillor, Andrew Stringer has said the site should remain as a wildlife site until the landfill site has reached its capacity.
"We have been told since 2007 that this leisure complex can operate side by side with a landfill site, but now we are told it isn't.
"We suspected this all along and it is difficult to try and find a way out. If we did not carry on the landfill site the government would demand we do it somewhere else.
"This site is built into a minerals and waste plan which was updated in 2018 as the prominent landfill site for Suffolk.
"We would like to have seen it made into a wildlife site all along as we did think that people would not like to go on holiday next to a landfill site."