VALE COUNCIL CRUSHES INCINERATOR-ASH OBJECTORS

The Viridor incinerator (or "ERF - Energy Recovery Facility) ) in East Moors Cardiff burns non-recyclable rubbish to ash.

The Viridor incinerator (or “ERF – Energy Recovery Facility) ) in East Moors Cardiff burns non-recyclable rubbish to ash. 70,000 tons of ash will now be trucked to Barry every year

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has prevailed in the High Court over local objectors who had challenged the council’s decision to give planning permission for the building of an “incinerator bottom ash recycling plant” at Wimbourne Rd in Barry .

The ash – which objectors claim is “hazardous” – is from the Viridor waste-burning plant at East Moors  in Cardiff and will be carried by trucks routed through Dinas Powys to the new plant in Barry where it will be recycled .

The preferred route for the Ash Lorries from the Viridor plant at Trident Park Cardiff via Dinas Powys to Barry Docks.

The preferred route for the Ash Lorries from the Viridor plant at Trident Park Cardiff via Dinas Powys to Barry Docks.

The Vale Council’s planning committee had originally awarded planning permission for the Barry plant on September 3rd last year in a fraught meeting at which local people claimed they were not allowed to speak because of procedural complexities  – and at which a bucket containing “ash” was produced in the council chamber.

PDN was informed that  a member of the public, who was protesting about the scheme,  allegedly dropped what was said to be a “bag of ash” from the public gallery of  the Council Chamber into the area occupied by committee members. The proceedings were then  temporarily halted .

The Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee in session under chairman Cllr Fred Johnson who is Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee in session under chairman Cllr Fred Johnson who is Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan. The September 3rd planning committee meeting at which the scheme was discussed was halted after a bag of ash was dropped from the public gallery into the council chamber

Some councillors had been alarmed by the incident.  One eyewitness said council officers were “furious“ and threatened to take legal proceedings against the alleged perpetrator. The Vale Council’s official video of the meeting was edited to excise the alleged ash-throwing incident so that it can’t be viewed by members of the public.

After that September 3rd  meeting, objectors challenged the council’s decision on 6 separate grounds and began legal proceedings to obtain a “judicial review” [a means of challenging legal decisions made by public bodies].  They claimed the council had wrongly classified  “bottom ash” as “non-hazardous”, that it had failed to consider dust emissions, and that it hadn’t properly consulted Public Health Wales.

Now the judge, the  Hon. Mr Justice Coulson, has ruled that the application for judicial review “must fail” becauer it amounts to an attempt to “re-argue”  the merits of the original decision and was therefore without foundation.

Marcus Goldsworthy, Vale Council Operational Manager Development & Building Control

Marcus Goldsworthy, the Vale Council’s Head of Regeneration and Planning

Marcus Goldsworthy, the Head of Regeneration & Planning at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The Council is extremely pleased with this decision which vindicates all the hard work of both officers within our planning team and the members of the planning committee itself. This application was considered properly and thoroughly prior to committee making a well-informed and reasoned decision.”

The Vale Council is now to seek to recoup all its legal costs from the claimants. The  judicial review  had been initiated in the name of a Barry resident Amanda Surringer who – because she is in receipt of benefits – is on legal aid, and therefore only liable to pay 50% of the costs. She is being supported financially by the “Stop Barry Ash Dump Campaign” which had raised £5,000 to take on the Vale Council.

Dr Max Wallis of Penarth,  the distinguished astrobiologist and environmental campaigner

Dr Max Wallis of Penarth, the distinguished astrobiologist and environmental campaigner

Environmental campaigner Dr Max Wallis says “The judge over-rode our barrister’s arguments on very weak arguments . The judgement makes out the Vale Council was entitled to ignore impacts on health, just because they sent off an e-mail to the wrong place (Public Health Wales), not to the Cardiff & Vale Health Board (who are responsible locally) and got no reply.  Of course that makes nonsense of requirements to consult and to prevent harm to health.”

Dr Wallis has thanked all who helped fund the case and Amanda Surringer for fronting it but says  ” The changes in legal aid makes community resistance very costly.”.

Dr Wallis says “We did delay the Ash Dump and get enough publicity for Raymond Brown Ltd. to decide not to go ahead. They couldn’t start this April as intended, so they’re continuing to send the ash to Viridor’s incinerator site in England.”

 

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6 Responses to VALE COUNCIL CRUSHES INCINERATOR-ASH OBJECTORS

  1. Chris Franks says:

    The Vale Planning Committee seems unconcerned about the impact this development will have on local residents and also on those living along the route of the lorries. I’m pleased to say that this plan was not supported by some of the committee including the Plaid Councillors.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Some times I think Julius Ceasar was kinder to Wales than the Colonialist Tories who are entirely to blame for using these dictatorship -non democratic- non Parliament voted on weapons such as the 2011 Landfill Tax Statutory Instrument—
      a.k.a ” Cameronistic- Putinism” which means. Cash Strapped Cardiff/ Vale will be subject to Landfill Tax.-Cardiff has no Landfill space. Vale precious little. Why not a nice little earner from an atmospheric cocktail of bottom ash incinerator fumes instead? Loadsamoney.treble scotches and Panamanian Tequila. all round.
      Dirty protest would have been better Max put all re-cycling in the black- bags for a while.
      No recycling- No dirty Panama dollars- No dirty filthy Incinerator -No problem
      Watch them change their mind faster than the tax free wind through their Panama Canal.

  2. Ian Perry says:

    If this is a “well informed decision”, we’d better start closing down universities, because academics conclude that the problems of finite material incineration and storage of the resulting toxic ash, far outweigh any benefits.

    The benefits of this scheme are short-term profit for private companies and not requiring council officers and councillors to develop sustainable solutions to excessive consumption.

    This appalling decision follows another destructive decision – that to allow the demolition of Media Centre Wales. The amount of embodied energy in that building was enormous – and removed employment opportunities next to an area of high unemployment.

  3. Dan Potts says:

    Hopfully they will now build the long awaited and much needed dinas bypass

  4. J.M.H. says:

    A totally ridiculous outcome ruling onside of the Labour Council that are supposedly working for & on behalf of the electorate that live in Barry Town, It will eventually be the Residents that are & will suffer in time to come owing to this decision. What ever happened to common sense. ? Shame on those that have Passed this decision. J.M.H.

  5. Johnabutt says:

    If this is happening, why are they not taking it by rail, underused and environmentally responsible.

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