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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:00

Surrey CC Planning Committee to Re-hear Eco Park Application

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Surrey County CouncilWe are very grateful to all those readers who took the time to respond to our appeal (see report of 16th January). It was also feared that the application to develop the Eco Park would be approved by SCC officers without the matter again being considered by Planning and Regulatory Committee. We have always maintained that, in view of the material matters which have come to light since the application was referred to the Secretary of State, a further hearing was imperative, if only in the interests of democratic fair play.

The following paragraphs are an extract from an email received from County Cllr Marisa Heath, Chairman of the Planning and Regulatory Committee:

"As it has now been confirmed that the application is to come back to the Planning and Regulatory Committee, I am not going to comment on the specific points you raise as that will jeopardise my position. However, they have been read and noted.

"Just to alleviate any concerns you may have over a lack of information on the process, it may interest you to know that a total of 1908 notification letters covering those who have previously expressed an interest in the application and to properties adjoining and in the locality of the site will be sent out in the next couple of days. A public notice will appear in the Surrey Herald on Thursday 2 February and notices will be placed on site. Our website http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/ will be updated ready for publication on Wednesday and will have the documents referred to in the notification letter available for downloading. Please be assured that members of the public and interested parties will have access to all the information and will have the opportunity to put forward views to be considered by members of the Committee, some of which represent and live in the Spelthorne area."

It should be noted that you are being asked to submit (or re-submit) your representations. For the purposes of the P&R Committee the project is being treated as a fresh application, the last one having been heard before the Advertising Standards Authority published their damning final adjudication on the public consultation. (See also articles of 26th October, 7th & 22nd December). In making further representations you may wish to consider the following points which were reflected in the ASA judgement: 

The technology is not proven, as claimed by SITA. Shepperton would receive an untried, untested prototype gasification unit.

The reference sites that SITA claim are "operating successfully with emissions falling within predicted levels" has been ruled as misleading, unsubstantiated and also fail on environmental claims, as the quoted Dumfries site has suffered operational issues since inception and experiences emission breaches on an alarmingly regular basis.

LOSRA has just been notified that the Planning & Regulatory Committee will be re-hearing the application on 9th March at County Hall, Kingston at 10am.


  • Comment Link Mrs S Nelson Monday, 06 February 2012 09:45 posted by Mrs S Nelson

    Is the hearing in March for anyone to attend or should we email SCC before that time if we want to make a point? Also I note that http://www.gainsscotland.org.uk/news lists an article on the on-going issues with the Gasification incinerators in scotland and that the Health Protection Agency are beggining a study into potential health risks in April 2012 results expected in March 2014. I see that in Feb 2011 a team visited the Dargavel Dumfries Gasifier and reported all manner of problems - venting gass into the atmosphere to avoid potential explosion being one of them.

  • Comment Link terry evans Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:16 posted by terry evans

    Spelthorne against the Ecp Park

    We as a familly are sending you this email to strongly object to the proposed construction of an eco park adjacent to our home.
    We have lived here fo 25 years putting up with the M3 motorway's noise, pollution and traffic. the upper Halliford road is also already a heavy through road and to even consider building this eco park to add to the polution of this area and the subsequent health issues of such a high population of familys and schools is irresponsible in the extreme when you have been elected to support our interest. Even Curchods estate agents have told of possible purchasers pulling out once the searches reveal. The application for rubbish incinerators and accompanying traffic and pollution and noise s will incurr.

    Terry Evans and familly,
    23 Birch Gove,


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