At its meeting on Tuesday 20 August, attended by members of the public, Haydon Wick Parish Council in came out strongly against the proposal to site a Biomass Incinerator just south of the parish, writes the parish council media officer.
Councillors expressed serious concern at the lack of both openness and consultation for such a major installation just a mile or so from Haydon Wick. Councillor Stooke made the following proposal:
“That this council opposes the application on the following grounds:
Until the planned Link Road from Great Western Way to Thamesdown Drive (with a junction to Cheney Manor) is built, any development at Cheney Manor requiring large numbers of lorries in and out using Swindon neighbourhood streets is premature.
The development of an incinerator in this location, towards the centre of a dense urban area, represents an inappropriate form of development and should be resisted.
Experience of other Hippofan developments suggest 20 or so jobs may be initially created in the facility. This will replace an industrial unit which previously housed 1200 plus jobs and this council feels that more intensive job creation could stem from almost any different development on this valuable local employment site.
We are advised the application fails to provide detail on scrubbing the emissions, the nature of the emissions and any data on potential toxicity.
Whilst the Council accepts Biomass as a constituent in a broad based environmental policy, the council feels such installations should be either on the coast or in more remote and less dense population centres.
The Chairman of the Council, Richard Hailstone stated this development is totally out of place so close to schools and residential areas. Haydon Wick Parish would be affected by pollution given the prevailing south westerly winds. The existing roads in the area are totally inadequate and this council has been campaigning for a link road to take heavy traffic away from residential areas.
Members of the public spoke solidly against the development and the council voted unanimously in pressing for refusal. It strongly urged the Borough council to reject the application.