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Action group urges ‘object to new waste plans now!’

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 at 10:58 am.

Members of the Westbury Gasification Action Group have been given new hope in their opposition to plans for a new waste plant in the town.

The group is studying documents recently submitted to Wiltshire Council by North-acre Renewable Energy (Hills) for two sites next to the current MBT recycling plant.

An amended planning application for the ATT Gasification Plant (incinerator) reference number 18/03816 can be viewed on the Wiltshire Council website, with comments to be submitted by 25th May.

In addition, a waste sorting station, workshop and offices on adjoining Brook Farm land, purchased by the company, is detailed in application 18/03366 requiring comments by 31st May.

An agent’s letter accompanying the amended application states, “The changes would usually be made through an amendment to the original planning permission.  NRE had been proposing to seek a variation of the existing permission (a Section 73 application) which would have been more limited in its accompanying information.  Following engagement with the public, discussions with the local planning authority and noting the level of interest in the changes to the approved ATT facility, they have opted to prepare a full application.”

Action group member, Margaret Cavanna said, “This is good news, and what we have been pressing for through the petition and various council meetings.

“It also indicates that some Westbury and Wiltshire councillors are speaking up on this, recognising the significant public health and environmental protection issues raised by siting these developments within a densely-populated town.

“It appears that we can comment on all aspects of the plans, and not just the variations to the existing plans.  Whilst there are lots of documents to go through to prepare relevant objections, this is a great opportunity to make our concerns known formally within the planning process.  We now hope that hundreds of others who live, work or drive through Westbury will do the same!”

Fellow action group member, Simon Taylor, said, “Although Hills claim the new sorting station will reduce the number of lorries through Westbury, there will still be 130,000 tons of waste coming to the incinerator from outside Wiltshire.  That’s over 6,000 truck journeys.”

Another member of the group, Marie Hillcoat, said she was concerned that the height of the unit buildings was set to double, as well as the height of the chimney stack increasing.  She said this would create a massive structure, visible from miles around.

People can make contact with the Westbury Gasification Action Group on facebook.

5 Responses to Action group urges ‘object to new waste plans now!’

  1. David Davis

    May 9, 2018 at 10:54 am

    In accordance with the Health and Safety Act of 1974 any
    organisation or company placing anything into the public domain must demonstrate a DUTY Of CARE Wiltshire Council and Hills have not done this The fact that safety has not been considered in the planning process is mal administration and to state that the Environment Agency has responsibility for safety is incorrect they will only monitor to ensure emission levels do not exceed the EU Directives. Hills needs to identify all of the Safety Hazards and the severity of Risk This will show that an incinerator is to unsafe to be sited at its present planned location and will impact on the Health of the population.

  2. Maggy Daniell

    May 13, 2018 at 8:54 am

    The incinerator would require vast amounts of high energy fuel to reach its required temperatures, and plastics are used for this. However, plastics can and should be recycled. The operator of the incinerator should be completely independent of the collector and sorter of the waste, which isn’t the case here. It looks like this is a conflict of interest. Either domestic waste plastics that could be recycled will be burnt, or more commercial waste of unknown and possibly hazardous composition will be imported from other counties, adding to lorry traffic nuisance.

  3. Allen turner

    May 13, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I strongly object to the building of a gasification plant so close to westbury and wish all councillors to reconsider the effect on the people in the local area especially with such poor road links to bring in all waste required

  4. Mel

    May 20, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I strongly object to this. Westbury is a residential town, we do not want a hideous smell, an unsightly incinerator or increased heavy traffic. We should be focusing on providing leisure facilities, evening dining & activities for the youth of the town.

  5. Mrs L. Oubridge

    May 22, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I object to this incinerator. There is already a problem with air quality in Westbury & in other parts of Wiltshire. Our waste needs to be recycled, particularly the plastics. If it is not plastics etc they will be burning will they be bringing in other waste? inevitably by lorry? Thus contaminating the air further? Too many people, especially children suffer from breathing problems in Wiltshire as it is

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