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This Is Wiltshire: The fire at Averies Recycling The fire at Averies Recycling

COUNCILLOR Joe Tray has spoken out against plans to move burnt waste from Averies Recycling to the former Ground-well park and ride site.

Some of the non-hazardous waste from the Marshgate site is being moved to allow firefighters to deal with the long-running fire faster.

Firefighters are working with Averies, Swindon Council, NHS England, Wiltshire Police and the Environment Agency to deal with the blaze which started on July 21.

Coun Tray (Lab), who represents Penhill and Upper Stratton, thinks the council-owned site, which is in his ward, is an inappropriate place to put the extinguished waste.

He said: “I’m not happy with the choice of Groundwell park and ride.

“It is in a built up area and I don’t think it is right to put the waste there as it is bound to have an affect on surrounding properties. Me and my fellow ward councillors are not in favour of this move and I will be pushing for an alternative site to be found.

“Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?”

Coun Tray was meeting with the authorities yesterday afternoon to voice his concerns about the waste being moved.

“It is understood that if the plans get the go-ahead the waste could be moved by the weekend.

Firefighters have continually struggled for space at the Averies site in their battle to put the blaze out. Once the waste has been removed they intend to tackle the fire more intensely.

The waste cannot just be taken to a landfill as it could increase the risk of further fires.

As the park and ride compound is covered by trees, the authorities claim that the waste will be out of sight. All of the burnt waste will be fully extinguished and checked before being taken to the site. It will also be covered over to reduce any adverse smells.

In addition to the high perimeter fencing at the compound there will also be 24 hour security.

Once the Marshgate fire is put out the authorities aim to return the waste to Averies as soon as possible.

Coun David Renard, Swindon Council leader, said: “We remain determined to put out this fire completely as quickly as possible so normality can resume for businesses and residents directly affected.

“Removing some of the waste is a vital part of this complicated process and it is encouraging that plans are progressing well.

“I fully appreciate that the idea of this waste being stored somewhere in Swindon is not going to be welcome to everyone. However, various sites have been considered and this is the only Council-owned area which offers the necessary space and suitable ground for the storage. It must be stressed this is a temporary measure, the site is safe, and we are grateful for everyone’s understanding and co-operation at this difficult time.”

Since the fire began, smoke has swept across Swindon affecting neighbouring residents and businesses. Averies has repeatedly apologised for the disruption that the incident has caused.

Fires, like the one at Averies, are normally allowed to burn out on a managed basis, but as this is likely to last many months, this is not being considered due to the disruption it is causing for businesses and residents.

The Environment Agency is monitoring the water in the River Cole to ensure the fire has not contaminated it.

The council is monitoring what effect the smoke is having on Swindon’s air quality.

Anyone concerned about inhaling smoke should call NHS 111. Those wishing to report an environmental issue can call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

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6:51am Thu 7 Aug 14

swindondad says...

So if
"The waste cannot just be taken to a landfill as it could increase the risk of further fires."

How can
"All of the burnt waste will be fully extinguished and checked before being taken to the site. "

Be true, either it is a fire risk or it is not it can't be both.

Lets get an answer to that before they try and dump it on anybody.
So if "The waste cannot just be taken to a landfill as it could increase the risk of further fires." How can "All of the burnt waste will be fully extinguished and checked before being taken to the site. " Be true, either it is a fire risk or it is not it can't be both. Lets get an answer to that before they try and dump it on anybody. swindondad
  • Score: 7

7:30am Thu 7 Aug 14

Cooking_by_smoke_alarm says...

Make Averies buy another plot of land and THEY can move THEIR rubbish....sorry, recycling waste there.
Make Averies buy another plot of land and THEY can move THEIR rubbish....sorry, recycling waste there. Cooking_by_smoke_alarm
  • Score: 9

11:16am Thu 7 Aug 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?”

Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous.

Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.
Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?” Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous. Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: -1

11:26am Thu 7 Aug 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?”

Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous.

Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.
Why not, Wiltshire keep dumping their house building targets on Swindon!
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?” Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous. Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.[/p][/quote]Why not, Wiltshire keep dumping their house building targets on Swindon! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 4

12:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?”

Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous.

Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.
Why not, Wiltshire keep dumping their house building targets on Swindon!
I think you'll find both housing targets are completely independent of each other. Both Swindon and Wiltshire have their targets set by the government, and they are not a trade off between each other.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?” Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous. Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.[/p][/quote]Why not, Wiltshire keep dumping their house building targets on Swindon![/p][/quote]I think you'll find both housing targets are completely independent of each other. Both Swindon and Wiltshire have their targets set by the government, and they are not a trade off between each other. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: -2

1:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

swindondad says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?”

Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous.

Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.
Since when has it been Swindon's waste.

The waste belongs to Averie' s and they should arrange / pay for it to be stored whilst the fire is put out.
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?” Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous. Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.[/p][/quote]Since when has it been Swindon's waste. The waste belongs to Averie' s and they should arrange / pay for it to be stored whilst the fire is put out. swindondad
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Thu 7 Aug 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier wrote:
Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?”

Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous.

Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.
Why not, Wiltshire keep dumping their house building targets on Swindon!
I think you'll find both housing targets are completely independent of each other. Both Swindon and Wiltshire have their targets set by the government, and they are not a trade off between each other.
I didn't say it was a trade off.
[quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: Tray says: “Surely it would be better to put it in a country site away from residential properties?” Sorry, but Swindon is a town full of residential properties and with very little country. Most of the surrounding countryside is called Wiltshire, and Swindon chose not to be part of it when it went autonomous. Don't go thinking you can dump Swindon's waste in Wiltshire.[/p][/quote]Why not, Wiltshire keep dumping their house building targets on Swindon![/p][/quote]I think you'll find both housing targets are completely independent of each other. Both Swindon and Wiltshire have their targets set by the government, and they are not a trade off between each other.[/p][/quote]I didn't say it was a trade off. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 0

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