Message from Whitchurch Town Councillor John Buckley
When the news broke that an Waste Incinerator the size of Battersea Power Station could be built within just a few miles of Whitchurch, I and others including the Town Council, asked various local representatives to put pressure on Wheelabrator to hold meetings in Whitchurch so that local residents could have input.
Regretably Wheelabrator refused to hold a public meeting as part of the last scoping consultation which determines the issues that need addressing as part of any future Planning Application. Whitchurch Town Council and others sent in submissions without the benefit of a local public meeting.
These were only held them in Barton Stacey and Longparish despite Whitchurch’s close proximity and larger population.
However Kit Malthouse has just sent me (and no doubt others) the following for which he is thanked. I believe this is worth sharing (emphasis below is mine).
Further to previous correspondence about the application for a new waste to energy plant and incinerator in Longparish which lies just outside the constituency, I have met the company concerned, Wheelabrator, to discuss their proposals and to pass on the very strong reaction locally to this facility and the size of it. I specifically requested that they hold an engagement event in Whitchurch. They have agreed to do this and when we get the date and the time I will let you know.
I have also discussed the proposals with colleagues, Caroline Nokes and Steve Brine, the neighbouring MPs, and have also had a look at the site with the chair of the Hurstbourne Priors Parish Council. I continue to have serious concerns and will co-ordinate my response with Caroline and Steve.
Watch this space.
CALL FOR CONSULTATION
From the campaigners in Barton Stacey:
If anyone is still struggling to visualise a building which is 170 metres long and 55 metres tall with 100 metre chimneys – here’s one!