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Monday, 04 July 2011 08:00

Despite all the Objections Surrey County Council Gives Go-ahead to 'Eco Park'

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Eco ParkDespite the combined efforts of SATEP, CVRA and LOSRA, the Planning and Regulatory Committee of Surrey County Council approved the development of the 'Eco Park' proposal on 30th June. To do otherwise would have meant SCC having to repay substantial PFI loans and this was a consideration which would outweigh all others no matter how persuasive the opposing arguments proved to be.

A refusal of the application would also have risked reputational damage to SCC. The possibility of financial loss and reputational damage has been recorded in an official SCC 'Risk Assessment' document (now in LOSRA'S possession) compiled at the request of the Leader of the Council; and which was presumably not intended for wide circulation. It is inconveivable that members of the Planning Committee were not aware of this document and its content before deciding to approve their own application.

The joint campaign group will now be lobbying the Secretary of State to 'call in' the application and will be seeking a top QC's legal opinion before considering our next steps.

3 comments

  • Comment Link Paul Thompson Tuesday, 12 July 2011 15:36 posted by Paul Thompson

    I attended the planning meeting, but unfortunately missed the first 1/2 hr or so so didn't hear the submissions on behalf of our campaigning groups. By the sound of it, the matter was already effectively decided, so a complete waste of time on everyone's part. The standard of 'debate' left much to be desired. This is best illustrated by one councillor asking what would happen if the application were refused (afraid, presumably, that it might be built in her back yard) and was sharply reminded (by 'our' LibDem Councillor) that she had to consider the application on it's merits, not the consequences of it's refusal. Let's hope that the Secretary of State is more objective (but I'm not holding my breath).

  • Comment Link G.Virr Saturday, 09 July 2011 17:41 posted by G.Virr

    The great thing from the point of view of most Surrey County Council Area residents is that the prevailing winds will carry any emissions quickly into the Greater London Council Area.
    With the existing air pollution levels in the Sunbury Cross Area any extra pollution will not be as easily noticed by the public. Even if it is noticed only a small number of Surrey County Council Area residents will be affected and so they can be ignored. And in any case part of the area potentially affected does not elect Conservative local government councillors making it even easier for them to be ignored. The decision could not have been any easier one for County Councillors, primarily concerned to keep any development out of their own back yards, to make.

  • Comment Link BRian Catt Wednesday, 06 July 2011 14:11 posted by BRian Catt

    What about the £200 Million subsidy bonus SITA get from SCC setting things up for them to build a dangerous disposal (not recovery) experiment in our CRC? The only green thing about the gasifier are the Greenbacks it produces for SITA.

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