Yate firm bids for extra storage silos to avoid delivery problems

July 03 2016

A PACKAGING company in Yate wants to double the number of silos on its site so it can stockpile a larger quantity of raw materials.

A PACKAGING company in Yate wants to double the number of silos on its site so it can stockpile a larger quantity of raw materials.
Sharpak has six silos at its plant in Station Road, where it produces plastic food trays and containers.
The silos are used to store plastic pellets which are used in the manufacturing process.
But the company has experienced irregularities in supply of the pellets, which mainly come from continental Europe, in recent years and wants to be able to store more on site.
It has applied for planning permission to install another six of the containers, which would be 55ft high (16.85 metres) and be put next to the existing silos.
But both Yate and Sodbury town councils have raised objections.
A report by agent Savills, acting for Sharpak, said: “At present there is insufficient capacity in the silos to provide the required backup for when deliveries are missed or delayed.
“At various times, this has resulted in the complete exhaustion in the on-site stockpile of plastic pellets, causing all manufacturing operations to cease.
“Due to the strict contractual arrangements between Sharpak and their clients, which include large supermarket chains, missed deliveries have severe consequences in the form of fines and penalties.
“The risk of these consequences is so extreme that it has the potential to threaten the viability of the business.
“Therefore, it is vital that action be taken to mitigate this risk and to guarantee the uninterrupted supply of products to the key clients which support the business.”
Savills said Sharpak employed 172 staff in Yate and was regarded as a major employer in South Gloucestershire.
The plan also involves demolishing a canopy to allow the silos to be erected and building a replacement.
 But Yate Town Council said it objected to the extra silos and opposed knocking down the canopy unless the hours of demolition work were regulated. It also wanted steps taken to protect surrounding houses from dust, pollution and noise during demolition.
Sodbury councillors objected because of the visual effect of the silos and backed residents of Bennett’s Court with a recommendation that screening should be provided.
South Gloucestershire Council will determine the application at a later date.