Responding to the Wheelabrator Consultation
What do I need to do and how do I do it? Advice from the Keep Test Valley Beautiful team
If you want this incinerator stopped, the number one message is: RESPOND.
Question Wheelabrator and tell them what you think – IN WRITING
It is vital that as many people respond to the consultation phase as possible. Numbers count. Please do not leave it for someone else. Wheelabrator advised us that only a third of people attending the first consultation meetings in May provided any written feedback. Unless made in writing, your views won’t be counted.
Where do I send my response?
If you do not have access to email, post your response to: Freepost WHEELABRATOR HAREWOOD
with a copy, if possible, to us at: KTVB, Middleton Estate Office, Longparish, Andover, SP11 6PL
Please Note: Wheelabrator will encourage you to use their pre-printed feedback forms and to leave your feed back at the time of the consultation events. We and our Planning Consultant advise you to RESIST this and instead make your objections in your own words and send them direct to Wheelabrator at email@example.com with a copy to us so we can collect the data. Knowing how many people have responded and what objections have been raised will be of enormous help to us when we get to the next phase of the process.
The deadline for feedback is 5pm on Thursday 12 December. Please get your objections in well before this date.
What shall I say?
It is important that each response is seen as separate and the view of the individual objector, rather than a recycling of a generic set of pre-determined objections.
However, as a memory jogger, we have listed here all the points that have been raised as issues by members of KTVB and the local community.
Please look through them and, if you have your own personal concerns in relation to any of them, please make your objections to that topic in your own words. This list is not necessarily complete, and if there are other areas you think are important, please let us know so we can circulate them to others so they too can consider them.
At this stage in the process, it is a numbers game, and our advice is that you object on each and every point you feel is important to you.
List of potential concerns and objections
Landscape and Visual Impact issues, to include potentially adverse effects on:
- Local residents
- Visitors, tourists and recreational users (walkers, cyclists, horse riders) in the immediate area of the site
- Visitors, tourists and recreational users (walkers, cyclists, horse riders) in the surrounding locality, such as walking the nearby Test Way long distance path and enjoying the North Wessex Downs AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
and to include issues relating to the effect of:
- Massive size and oppressive nature of the buildings (including mental health issues – see below)
- Light pollution & protection of our ‘Dark Skies’
- Design issues including materials, shape and colour, (What will the turbine hall and condenser buildings look like?)
Traffic and Transport issues such as:
- Road safety – A34 in particular – frequent accidents on this
- Traffic flow / traffic nuisance issues in relation to junction with A303 and The Street (Barton Stacey exit)
- Footpath issues (The Planning Inspectorate scoping opinion states there are no public rights of way within the vicinity of the proposed development – we contest this, as does Longparish PC in their response of 24 March 2019 para 7.2.5)
- Community Severance between Barton Stacey and Longparish – it will split us apart
- Pedestrian, cyclist and horse riders’ amenity
- Pedestrian, cyclist and horse riders’ fear and intimidation
Air quality issues such as:
- The smell
- Effect of emissions on local sensitive habitats, plants and animals
- Effect of emissions on local rivers
- Effect of emissions on human health
- Specific issues of heavy metals, nitrogen oxides, dioxin and other poisons and their impact on human health and on local ecological receptors
- Risk to local organic farmers and food producers
Human Health issues, including Mental Health (a current government priority area), such as:
- Increased illness and mortality associated with increased pollution, even if the increased level is still within “prescribed” limits
- The potential adverse effect on mental health of perceived risk as well as actual risk
- The potential adverse effects on physical and mental health of fear and intimidation due to the massive size and oppressive nature of the building itself and the loss of social and landscape amenity
Noise and Vibration issues:
- During construction phase
- During operational phase – for example the truck access ramp is 4-6 metres high, will there be noise from the turbines or transformer hum.
Ecology issues and loss of Natural Capital such as:
- Impacts on endangered, rare or sensitive animal and plant groups, (to include basil thyme, local bat populations, dormice, and the striped lychnic caterpillar as set out on page 4 of Hampshire County Council response document of 25 March 2019)
- Impacts on local rivers in relation to contamination and water abstraction issues
- Impact on ground water and the underlying Seaford chalk aquifer and nearby SPZs (Special Protection Zones) in relation to contamination and abstraction issues
- Issue of site being within a Water Protection Zone (brought up by a hydrochemist with CPRE) in his note of 22 July
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage issues:
- The impact on the setting of our heritage buildings
- Archaeological and cultural heritage
Climate change / Co2 emissions issues, such as:
- High Co2 emissions per unit of energy produced (higher than producing same energy from fossil fuel such as coal)
- Issues relating to new government “carbon zero by 2050” target
Tourism, to include effects of damage to amenity value of landscape and local area on:
- Local small businesses
- Village shops
Major Accidents / Disasters / Aviation / MOD, such as:
- The risk of a major accident occurring in relation to MOD helicopter training next door and the possibly that such an incident could involve damage to local buildings and houses potentially resulting in injury or death
- The risk of road accidents as a result of increased HGV traffic, potentially causing injury or death of local visitors or residents
- The risk of a major accident causing such severe ground water pollution as to threaten the viability of long stretches of the Rivers Test and Dever.
Inappropriate siting of the plant, particularly in relation to:
- Lack of local market for heat
- Distance of site from national grid connection point and associated cost and disruption and possible visual impact of the grid connection infrastructure
- Area of proposed site – very cramped with potential difficulties in being able to provide sufficient parking / run off storage / ancillary infrastructure within site boundaries
- Why were other sites considered less appropriate than this one?
- Shading of adjacent solar farm, reducing green electricity output.
Threat to local business such as:
- Organic food producers
The Keep Test Valley Beautiful team is aware of the widespread anxiety about the proposed Incinerator between the villages of Barton Stacey and Longparish in the heart of beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Concern has also been expressed by people living in Whitchurch, Andover, Winchester, Overton, Wherwell Sutton Scotney and many other communities.
The future of burning waste is currently under question in the UK and other countries, as it pollutes the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
Use the form to contact us with any comments or requests for more information.