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Bill Cash MP pushes Severn Trent Water to hold discussions with Environment Agency over contamination concerns at proposed Blythe Park power station site

Press release 13/11/09

 
In response to contamination concerns raised by residents and Bill Cash writing a letter to Severn Trent Water, Mr. Cash said:
 
“I have raised a series of concerns over contamination on behalf of local residents and I am glad that Severn Trent has responded positively by letter. They have assured me that they will now discuss this matter with the Environment Agency to ensure they are considering any potential risks to our public water supplies.”
 
“The letter also makes clear that if, following discussions, Severn Trent has concerns regarding these activities they will make further representations to the Environment Agency.”
 
“On top of serious environmental concerns, intensive traffic movement, noise, efficiency, wildlife, landscape, and planning matters, this issue must be properly addressed.”


Bill Cash MP gravely concerned at Nuon’s revised proposal for Poplar Lane

Press release 04/09/09       

 
After hearing the news that, after the Public Inquiry in May 2009, Nuon UK is now considering a “revised proposal that can achieve the production of clean energy at the Poplar Lane site”, local MP, Bill Cash said “I am extremely concerned that Nuon has taken the decision to work vigorously towards a new proposal, despite all the local opposition and despite its rejection at the Public Inquiry.
 
“I do not know how a renewables company can do this, or the Government can allow this sort of activity. We have followed all the local and central government procedures for years to oppose this application for wind turbines and I will continue to fight every step of the way to stop any wind turbine application happening on this turf.
 
“I have written to Nuon asking for them to elaborate on their suggestion that they are going to reopen the proposals for a Polar Lane site.”
 
Note:
 
NUON - POPLAR LANE … STATEMENT on the CURRENT SITUATION    Sept 2009
 
Following the Public Inquiry in May 2009, Nuon UK Ltd was surprised by Mr Cookson’s (the Planning Inspector) decision, not to reverse the refusal by Members of the former North Shropshire District Council (NSDC) planning committee to grant permission to build a wind farm at Poplar Lane near Woore.
 
Nuon UK Ltd understandably disagrees with Mr Cookson’s conclusions but it is satisfied that his decision is lawful and therefore will not be challenged. 
 
Not withstanding the position taken by Mr Cookson, given the substantial body of professional opinion that supported building the proposed wind farm at Poplar Lane, Nuon feels that it is appropriate to consider the possibilities for a redesigned wind farm at Poplar Lane which addresses the Inspector’s concerns.
 
In the wider context, Mr Cookson’s decision has not altered the fact that there is an acute need to consider options for building renewable energy supply within the Region. Currently the West Midlands Region is woefully behind its targets. This begs a question, if not Poplar Lane where else? Nuon is therefore assessing whether a revised proposal can achieve the production of clean energy at the Poplar Lane site having regard to both the extensive body of work to date and the outcome of the Appeal.  The decision to either come forward with a revised application or withdraw completely will not be taken lightly but Nuon is working vigorously towards that decision and will keep people informed.


Bill Cash MP fights for recognition of contamination and wildlife concerns at proposed Blythe Park power station site

Press release 19/10/09

 
Following constituent’s concerns that the proposed site for Blythe Park power station may be on contaminated land and wildlife concerns, Bill Cash asked local authorities and the Environment Agency to recognise those concerns, as the proposal for the power station goes forward. Cash said:
 
“As a result of my investigations on behalf of my constituents, I have received two letters today. The first is from the Environment Agency. The Agency has said that the issues of contaminated land, biodiversity and wildlife concerns – which I had raised earlier – should be addressed in an Environment Impact Assessment. It has gone on to say that it will review the impact assessment in due course, and will provide further comments on any specific areas of concern.
 
“The letter I have received from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council confirms that there are indeed issues over contamination as a result of its former use as a colour works. My constituents were right to raise this serious concern and further investigations are needed. Given that this site is on the Council’s list of sites for concern due to contamination, this proposal must go no further.”
 
“I also note the view of the Council’s planning officers in not supporting this application, but it now falls to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to determine the application and they must reject this proposal immediately.”


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 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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