Vale of Glamorgan councillors will tomorrow ask questions about a statement by Natural Resources Wales – the body which is responsible for licensing major industrial installations – that it is “minded to issue a permit” for the controversial Biomass incinerator project at Barry Docks
The huge new Biomass incinerator plant is rapidly nearing completion on Woodham Road in the Barry Docks area
It’s feared that effluent from the plant – discharged from its high smoke stack – will be carried by the prevailing Westerly wind towards Penarth.
Natural Resources Wales – which has the responsibility for approving such projects – has now all but given the nod to the project by saying it is now “minded” to issue the incinerator plant an operating permit .
Natural Resources Wales [a.k.a. NRW] – is chaired by a qualified nutritionist called Diane McCrea and is the Welsh Labour Government’s largest “QUANGO” [Quasi Autonomous Non Governmental Organisation] and is seen as being very much in the pocket of the Welsh Labour machine.
NRW, which spends £180,000,000 a year has been criticised for its poor financial management and poor control of contracts. Its CEO Dr Emyr Roberts “retired” in May.
The 1,900 people who work for NRW are so disillusioned with the poor quality of the organisation and its failing management that – in an internal staff survey – only about 1 in 10 NRW staff expressed any confidence in the decisions of their senior managers. The results of they survey came as such a shock to the NRW managers than they’ve decided to issue a new questionnaire to the NRW staff in the hope that – when polled a second time – the disillusioned scientists will come up with less-devastating responses .
Meanwhile tomorrow (December 13th) in a full meeting of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cllr Vincent Bailey (Conservative Dyfan Ward) is to ask the council’s cabinet how air quality monitoring of the incinerator will be carried out .
He will ask : “Following Natural Resources Wales’ confirmation that it is ‘minded to issue a permit’ for the Biomass Plant, will the Council provide an update on how air monitoring would be undertaken if operations at the site were to commence?”
Another member Cllr Amelia Collins (Plaid Cymru Castleland Ward Barry) will also ask a question about the Biomass plant:-
She will ask “How does the Vale of Glamorgan Council intend to respond to the most recent consultation from Natural Resources Wales where they say that they are ‘minded’ to grant a permit to the Biomass Ltd site on Barry Docks?”