MP blasts plans to build biomass plant

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Des Moffat with fellow protestors Terry Hunt, Linda Hunt, Dave Smith and Barbara Cutts at the site of the proposed Biomass plant Coun Des Moffat with fellow protestors Terry Hunt, Linda Hunt, Dave Smith and Barbara Cutts at the site of the proposed Biomass plant

THE MP for north Swindon, Justin Tomlinson, has announced his opposition to a biomass plant being built in Cheney Manor and said the company’s application was not fit for purpose.

Pure Green – a low-carbon energy and animal bedding company – applied in July for planning permission to set up a biomass plant at the former SquardD factory at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.

In August, Swindon Council’s planning committee deferred its decision on whether the development should be approved after more than 150 people attended the meeting to protest over the plan.

The committee told the company to hold a number of consultations with the public before the application could go back to councillors.

Last month, Peter Vandeputte, the chief executive of Pure Green, told the Adver a 30-metre high chimney and the production of renewable energy will be removed from the planning application.

But since then an agent working for Pure Green has indicated to the authority that the company will be continuing with its original application.

Mr Tomlinson said: “I would like to register my opposition to this application, both as the MP for North Swindon representing 83,495 residents and as a local resident myself.

“The initial application was nothing short of a disgrace, littered with errors. With this in mind how can we have any faith in this new application, or how they would maintain promised standards or safety levels?”

Coun Des Moffatt, who represents the Rodbourne Cheney ward, said the support from the MP was encouraging.

“We are delighted the MP has been so clear in his opposition to incineration and that he knows the difference between incineration and gasification,” said Coun Moffatt.

“We all agree there is a place for proper biomass and we are really frustrated that the word has been so contaminated by its use here in relation to incineration.”

Mr Vandeputte said: “There is really not much to say except that there are no reasons to be against the project and that we will help the planning officers to organise more public consulting in the coming weeks or months.”

The Environment Agency is hosting a consultation into whether it should grant a licence for the alternative energy plant.

There will be a public meeting in Western Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

To have a say on the plan, visit the website http://tinyurl.com/om5thjg

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10:44pm Sat 26 Oct 13

timt1964 says...

what a bunch of nimbys we have in swindon.reading the awful adver proves that noone wants anything built unless its some stupid statue or water fountain.houses,ener
gy plants,proper roads,less backhanders,thought for the residents is what is needed.not some bunch of folded arm snobs.
what a bunch of nimbys we have in swindon.reading the awful adver proves that noone wants anything built unless its some stupid statue or water fountain.houses,ener gy plants,proper roads,less backhanders,thought for the residents is what is needed.not some bunch of folded arm snobs. timt1964

10:47pm Sat 26 Oct 13

timt1964 says...

sorry must have hit enter twice! maybe it needs saying twice.the next campaign is apparently to stop the introduction of the motor car which is going to pollute our pretty village.
sorry must have hit enter twice! maybe it needs saying twice.the next campaign is apparently to stop the introduction of the motor car which is going to pollute our pretty village. timt1964

7:18am Sun 27 Oct 13

Empty Car Park says...

Why stoop to the name calling as an opening argument?

The local MP has taken the time to look at the plans.
He says

"The initial application was nothing short of a disgrace, littered with errors. With this in mind how can we have any faith in this new application, or how they would maintain promised standards or safety levels?”

The local councillor (of different political bias) says

“We are delighted the MP has been so clear in his opposition to incineration and that he knows the difference between incineration and gasification,”

It would seem then that people are correct to question this application, particularly as it could affect a wider area.

Why are you so eager to issue the nimby card?

Why should Swindon accept deals just because Forward Swindon liked them?

Will we see the other Tim login used today?

We expect more from our elected representatives
Why stoop to the name calling as an opening argument? The local MP has taken the time to look at the plans. He says "The initial application was nothing short of a disgrace, littered with errors. With this in mind how can we have any faith in this new application, or how they would maintain promised standards or safety levels?” The local councillor (of different political bias) says “We are delighted the MP has been so clear in his opposition to incineration and that he knows the difference between incineration and gasification,” It would seem then that people are correct to question this application, particularly as it could affect a wider area. Why are you so eager to issue the nimby card? Why should Swindon accept deals just because Forward Swindon liked them? Will we see the other Tim login used today? We expect more from our elected representatives Empty Car Park

7:34am Sun 27 Oct 13

house on the hill says...

""""Empty Car Park says...
We expect more from our elected representatives"""

Seriously? We get exactly what we expect, arrogant, self serving, ego boosting, narrow minded decisions and comments. The days of politicians taking on the role for civic duty or what they can contribute are long gone, they do it for what they can get out of it and love the sound of their own voices and imposing their will on others.

As for nimbys, deep down everyone is a nimbly and has things they would object to being built or developed in their back garden. That's why localism never works because people want things but they want them somewhere else, so asking for their comments on what they want will always result in this.
""""Empty Car Park says... We expect more from our elected representatives""" Seriously? We get exactly what we expect, arrogant, self serving, ego boosting, narrow minded decisions and comments. The days of politicians taking on the role for civic duty or what they can contribute are long gone, they do it for what they can get out of it and love the sound of their own voices and imposing their will on others. As for nimbys, deep down everyone is a nimbly and has things they would object to being built or developed in their back garden. That's why localism never works because people want things but they want them somewhere else, so asking for their comments on what they want will always result in this. house on the hill

8:02am Sun 27 Oct 13

Empty Car Park says...

I totally agree with all that you just said.

It's a pity though that the nimby slogan has been so eagerly used in this instance.

It's a rare moment when elected representatives of differing political persuasion agree to object to something in the interests of the town and residents.

Such a shame to mar it with the usual tagging
I totally agree with all that you just said. It's a pity though that the nimby slogan has been so eagerly used in this instance. It's a rare moment when elected representatives of differing political persuasion agree to object to something in the interests of the town and residents. Such a shame to mar it with the usual tagging Empty Car Park

8:36am Sun 27 Oct 13

Localboy86 says...

Glad Justin has a valid reason for not liking this application rather the caving into all the sensationalist scare mongering.
Glad Justin has a valid reason for not liking this application rather the caving into all the sensationalist scare mongering. Localboy86

1:40pm Sun 27 Oct 13

house on the hill says...

So you will campaign for it be built next door to you then instead? Yeah right! I am surprised you haven't suggested they use old people as fuel with your usual selfish bigoted views.
So you will campaign for it be built next door to you then instead? Yeah right! I am surprised you haven't suggested they use old people as fuel with your usual selfish bigoted views. house on the hill

3:54pm Sun 27 Oct 13

John~R says...

Let's have a wood-fired heating system for the council offices. It will make beneficial use of the wood that is left around the borough to rot (which just returns the carbon to the atmosphere without any beneficial use). Such a system could demonstrate that they aren't systems that generate lots of smoke, ash and other undesirable emissions.

A properly designed and operated wood-fired boiler is good enough that the National Trust uses them on bigger properties that have an estate to supply the fuel.
Let's have a wood-fired heating system for the council offices. It will make beneficial use of the wood that is left around the borough to rot (which just returns the carbon to the atmosphere without any beneficial use). Such a system could demonstrate that they aren't systems that generate lots of smoke, ash and other undesirable emissions. A properly designed and operated wood-fired boiler is good enough that the National Trust uses them on bigger properties that have an estate to supply the fuel. John~R

8:28am Mon 28 Oct 13

house on the hill says...

Plenty of dead wood already in the council you could use John, keep this town going for ages!
Plenty of dead wood already in the council you could use John, keep this town going for ages! house on the hill

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