PROPOSED CHARLTON LANE ECO PARK
TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:55 PM
Subject: RE: Charlton Lane Eco Park
Following on from your telephone conversation with my constituency assistant, Jesse Erlam, and our previous email correspondence regarding the Charlton Lane Eco Park in Spelthorne by Surrey County Council, I am writing to let you know that, today, I have written to the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias-Canete, outlining my concerns. I will of course let you know as soon as I hear back from the Commission.
Thanks again for getting in touch.
With best wishes,
Anneliese Dodds MEP | The South East’s Voice In Europe
The proposed Charlton Lane Eco Park will be nothing more than a landscaped waste depot with an incinerator. Not only will SITA UK be processing Spelthorne's food waste, but around 30% of Surrey's.
Spelthorne is one of the smallest boroughs in Surrey, is densely populated and has high pollution levels; this alone makes it the least suitable borough to solve Surrey's waste disposal problems!.
For too long the Conservative Borough and County Councillors have failed to defend us sufficiently. If something undesirable needs to be installed in Surrey, Spelthorne seems to be the easiest option.
Even our M.P. Kwas Kwateng, realizing how this could impact on his re-election plans spoke out in an adjournment debate and said: "People contend that the proposal to locate a large chemical process plant - that is what this would mean - in a public community recycling centre ... is putting residents lives at risk. If it is not putting their lives at risk, it is certainly potentially dangerous, given the possibility of explosion."
The plant would be operational for 8,000 hours a year and the remaining time would be for scheduled maintenance. That's about 24 hours per day, 6 days per week.
Charlton Lane Community Liaison Group (CLG) Meeting. Ref 4.5
According to the liberal Democrats website Tory controlled Spelthorne Council refused to help residents fighting the incinerator scheme, when other local councils have made financial help available for legal costs.
SITA Surrey, holds a 25 year private finance initiative contract with Surrey
County Council to manage the recycling and disposal of household waste
across the county.