'Shepperton Against The Eco Park' are a
group of like-minded residents in the Shepperton, Charlton Village,
Lower Sunbury and Upper Halliford area. It became apparent that many in
the area where completely unaware that the proposed "Eco Park" was being
planned, and that it had got to the stage it had with little or no
This in itself is worrying, and means that the communication is not
getting through from Sita and SCC (Good for them I guess), but it is
also a concern because if you are not receiving information about such a
development, then how can you make informed decisions about how your
local council can represent you !
The Eco Park, is a multi-part development. It will include:
- The current Recycling facilities for residents.
- An Anaerobic Digestion Facility.
- Batch oxidation system gasification (BOS Gasification / Incinerator).
Sita and SCC will have you believe that this IS NOT an Incinerator,
however the current EU legislations do not split out the differences
between traditional incineration and oxidation systems, they are all one
and the same as far as it is concerned (Yes there are variants and some
rules apply for things like Coal systems etc. but for this use it is
the same legislation).
SCC boast that a number of benefits will
be derived from this proposal, from jobs, to reduced traffic, to
improved waste disposal, however here are some high level thoughts.
- If this facility does not emit anything, why will it need a 160' (160 foot) stack / chimney?
- Yes the park may reduce lorry traffic, but car traffic is expected to INCREASE.
- Reduced HGV traffic will clean up the bad air currently, however
this will be offset by the proposed minerals extraction which will
increase HGV traffic to more than it is today, along with the dust from
the pits, and the emissions from the stack, the M3 and the airport, the
air quality will be worse than ever.
- Why is this the only one of its type in Europe?
- Why is the Dumfries equivalent, which is a similar design, continually shutting down?
- If the Environment Agency are so concerned about these in Cardiff, why not here?
- The Coalition Government has set out plans for a Zero Waste
Economy, it is widely recognised that Zero waste does not include
Incineration because it reduces recycling level below what they are now.
- Sita have a signed agreement (Do not know the details) with
Waste2energy to deploy 6 of these in the UK (signed in 2009, is there
major pressure here from a contractual point of view?
- If these facilities are so good and clean, then can Sita and SCC
categorically state that the will be absolutely NO health impact at all?
- Why can’t we just use up the 40% spare capacity in the UKs
existing Incinerator infrastructure? Colnbrook and Slough are already /
have offering / offered to take this waste, no need to build a new one
- If you are looking to put your property on the market, be aware
that in searches this plant will start to be found in the next 4 to 6
weeks, will this affect your buyers’ decisions?
We hope these will spark you mind with other questions and concerns, and
that you join up and bring these to the attention of your councillors,
MPs and other authorities, and work to get this proposal thrown out.