On 22nd June 2021, Wiltshire Council members voted by 7 to 4 to approve a planning application to build an incinerator in Westbury.
A disappointed Westbury Council are now asking us all to do our bit and write to the Secretary of State asking him to “call in” the planning approval decision made by Wiltshire Council. The deadline for receiving letters is Friday 23rd July 2021.
All correspondence should be sent to The Rt. Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State, Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF. Or they can be contacted via email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trowbridge Town Council has written the following to Mr. Jenrick:
Dear Secretary of State
Trowbridge Town Council is deeply concerned with the impact that our town, Westbury, neighbouring villages and the local environment will suffer from the proposal to construct an energy from waste incinerator at Westbury, Wiltshire, which has recently received planning permission from Wiltshire Council, in spite of it breaching a number of Council Policies.
We are writing to you therefore to ask that Northacre Renewables planning application (Wiltshire Council reference number 20/06775/WCM) to construct and operate a 243,000te commercial waste incinerator is Called-In for review by your Planning Casework team.
The Prime Minister’s office suggested that they would prefer that the decision be made at a local level but the application received virtually no support from the local community with over 2,000 individuals and 18 parish and town councils representing a population of some 100,000 people, against the proposal. Approval at local level simply does not exist.
Arla Foods have a building immediately adjacent to the site that employs some 250 local people, producing among other things, Anchor butter and dried milk for use in commercial bakeries. Secondary employment from milk production in the County amounts to another 1,500 people and forms the livelihood of at least 50 local farms. The incinerator could contaminate these products through fine particulate penetration of the building. Arla Foods will no doubt be speaking for themselves on this matter but our concern is, that if there is a risk to their product, they could abandon the site. This will bring about a local employment crisis at the plant and also throughout the County on farms and local transport.
The Government has committed to a reduction of 68% in emissions by 2030 and 78% by 2035. This plant, if built, will be emitting between 150,000 and 300,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of 100,000 to 200,000 cars on Wiltshire roads. If such a plant is allowed to be built it will be seen as a failure by the British Government at COP26, where it is vital that strong leadership is demonstrated.
The plant operation will increase traffic, adding to the already serious congestion in Trowbridge and along the A350 route through Westbury and neighbouring villages.
The plant will significantly worsen air quality in Westbury which is already an Air Quality Action zone.
Trowbridge Town Council therefore urges you to Call-In this application and ensure that the range of issues are given full and comprehensive consideration.
To read more about the Proposed Incinerator, click here.