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Bill Cash MP calls for ‘Villagers Voice Staffordshire Moorlands’ group objection to be recognised by District Council and Government

Press release 16/11/09

On Blythe Park power station proposals, Bill Cash MP said:
“I have written to both Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change to make clear how inappropriate these power station proposals are for the Blythe Park site.
“My constituents are absolutely right and justified in challenging this proposed monstrosity on various grounds, including planning, contamination, health, environmental, house price and community concerns, and I will continue to call for a public inquiry. I endorse the report drawn up by Villagers Voice Staffordshire Moorlands, detailing all our objections to this plan.”
Bill Cash’s objection is as follows:
It is clear from the outset that the proposals are completely inappropriate for the village on the grounds that the ‘Villagers Voice Staffordshire Moorlands’ have provided, as objections and in response to the EIA and the background of the proposed site. I object to the proposals in line with the serious concerns raised by my constituents. I would urge you therefore to reject this proposed project at this site for the following reasons:
  • The development will drastically affect the health of the local community;
  • The existing Blythe Park Power site is deemed to be unsuitable for any additional development and is a designated special landscape area;
  • There are outstanding concerns over whether the developer has refused to participate in dialogue with the local community;
  • There are better alternative sites elsewhere with substantially better access to the necessary services and an independent analysis needs to be done on this, for the reasons listed by my constituents in their analysis;
  • The development will destroy this area of natural beauty;
  • The development will be a monstrosity on the skyline and will be within a ten kilometer radius. It will severely and detrimentally impact the area;
  • During construction, the pollution created will be deposited across in and around an area of outstanding beauty. The location of the development and its geography will lead to deposits being seen in surrounding areas such as Alton and Cheadle;
  • Local residents will be caught in a property trap, with substantial reductions in property prices;
  • The disruption of local roads, during development (closures etc) will have an adverse effect on local traffic especially people wanting to travel to Cheadle for shopping via the accepted route through Draycott. It will also affect the local bus service and postal deliveries;
  • There is already a severe risk of flooding in the location identified by the proposal;
  • The proposed site does not have a suitable significant power source and proposes to utilize a water source 6km away;
  • This very same site experienced severe pollution issues in September 2009 leading to contamination and destruction of wildlife in a thirty mile stretch of the River Trent, a six kilometer pipeline extends this risk to all localities accommodating the pipeline;
  • The site is designated special landscape area, with the local community in significantly closer proximity than any other equivalent development;
  • The site has historic and ongoing issues with toxic waste, any major development will unsettle this waste leading to serious health concerns for the local community;
  • The infrastructure leading to the site is wholly inadequate;
  • The development will have disastrous consequences for local wildlife;
  • During development the village and surrounding areas will become an extended construction site, in an area that is designated a special landscape area;
  • Following development the community and surrounding areas will be blighted by significant noise and light pollution, this in an area that is already blighted by inappropriate surfacing to a nearby major transport route;
  • A development of this scale will destroy the lives of the local and wider community, with property prices during and after development being negatively affected;
  • The proposed site for the development is a known flood plain, which as recently as 1987 experienced serious flooding;
  • Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council have made it officially clear that they are in complete objection to these proposals;
  • This proposal stands alone as a bid that does not conform to the pre-requisites of the Electricity Act i.e. granting permission to an excessive number of proposals.  This proposal is currently being considered in isolation and not in the context of other proposed power stations;
  • Health, safety and security risk of 1000 workers on site for three/ four years;
  • The development is projected to deliver between 50-100 jobs, but a review of the commercial and economic viability of the development should be made in the context of the negative impact that the development will have on thousands of local families;
  • Proposed working hours are inconsistent with the ambience and beauty of the locality;
  • The noise pollution generated will be unacceptable and no mitigation can be made to offset the severe negative impact of a development of this size and scale;
  • The power source is non sustainable, is costly and is not environmentally friendly;
  • The proposal is speculative by nature and hence leads to dangerous and significant concerns for the local and surrounding community;
  • Due to the significant nature of the scheme the developers and the DECC have yet to offer the provisional finance aid for the designated local community engagement team, at their current levels of remuneration, to ensure full and proper engagement with the local community.
For all those reasons, I object to the proposed power station at the Blythe Bridge Park site and would urge you therefore to reject this proposed project.


Bill Cash MP calls for Government to review noise and distance limits over wind turbines

Press release 18/12/09

In response to recent reports on wind turbines relating to noise-induced health concerns and setback distances from housing, Bill Cash MP said:
 
“The recent media reports suggest that the Government may have ignored health concerns related to significantly high noise levels resulting from wind turbines because they had set an unsuitably high limit. This serious concern must be answered. 
 
“Noise levels of 33 decibel limit were ignored because Government officials used a very high 43 decibel limit instead.
 
“I have written to Ed Miliband, as this cannot be an acceptable way to pursue these schemes, which are also greatly inefficient, uneconomic and packed with subsidies.”
 
Mr. Cash also continued to raise the issue of setback distances in his letter to the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.


Bill Cash meets action group to fight Blythe Park Power Station proposals

Press release 13/08/09       

At a public meeting last night, MP for Cheadle, Bill Cash, reaffirmed his total opposition to the Blythe Park power station, which would be capable of generating 1000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by burning natural gas. He restated his call for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to object to the proposals. Cash was very much encouraged at the meeting by the forming of the local action group and the use of expertise, as he insisted that he would continue to fight the proposals every step of the way.


Bill Cash firmly opposed to Blythe Park Power Station proposals

Press release 05/08/09       

 
Bill Cash attended and spoke at a public meeting yesterday evening on the proposed Blythe Park Power Station. He expressed his firm opposition to the proposals and demanded a public inquiry.
 
There are many issues, including environmental matters, traffic movement, noise, efficiency and wildlife, landscape, as well as other specific planning questions. The meeting and exhibition was attended by representatives of the company who also spoke and answered questions and there will be further visitors to the exhibition today.
 
Cash said he would be consulting with local District Councillors and County Councillors, including Mike Maryon, Chairman of the Highways for the County Council.


Bill Cash raises flooding and wildlife concerns over Blythe Park power station proposals

 Press release 20/08/10

 
Bill Cash has today raised the problems of flooding and wildlife in relation to the application for the Blythe Park power station.
 
In response to enquiries raised by Mr. Cash with the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency on behalf of his constituents, the Environment Agency report that they have (i) dropped their objection on biodiversity after receiving amended proposals and (ii) report “significant progress has been made by the applicant” with regard to their objection on flood risk. However, the Agency insists that until proper assessments are carried out to meet the flooding objection, they will maintain their objection to the proposals.
 
Bill Cash said:
 
“I welcome the fact that the Environment Agency maintains its objections to the power station proposals but I have serious reservations about the problems posed by flooding and also the concerns over local wildlife.
 
“It may well be that a buffer is created between the development and the river, but will that be enough to protect the wildlife? I have written to Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to ask for their opinion on this.
 
“In terms of flooding, I had warned of this before, in line with the objections of the Villagers Voice Staffordshire Moorlands group. It is not clear however whether a Flood Risk Assessment, which must now be carried out, can simply overcome the flood risks so that the area is safe from flooding.”





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