MMAG has now formally registered with the IPC and strongly encourages all concerned residents and groups to do the same. MMAG’s registered statement is as follows:
The IPC should refuse consent for the Proposed Rookery South Energy from Waste Generating Station (EfW) because the cumulative detrimental effects – drawn from the headline generic impacts outlined in the Revised Draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) and Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-3) – listed below outweigh any potential benefits;
(A) Air Emissions
(1) The cumulative long term impact on the health of residents anxious about the EfW stack emissions over the life cycle of the plant accentuated by the meteorological phenomenon of temperature inversion within the Marston Vale.
(B) Biodiversity and Geological Conservation
(2) To situate the EfW within Rookery Pit South adjacent to the Marston Vale Millennium Country Park – a primary purpose of which is to re-forest the Marston Vale – would be a retrograde step ecologically and lead to significant habitat loss and ultimately the industrialisation of Rookery Pit South.
(C) Dust, Odour, Artificial Light, Smoke, Steam and Insect Infestation
(3) There will be loss of night sky with severe light pollution.
(D) Landscape and Visual Impact
(4) The sheer size of the EfW and stack (accentuated by the plume) will materially impair the visual amenity and panoramic views of this essentially rural landscape.
(5) There will be significant disturbance from the intermittent noise of HGV’s and the continuous noise from the EfW itself in a tranquil setting.
(F) Local and Regional Waste Management
(6) The EfW will undermine local waste strategy and discourage recycling.
(7) The electricity generating capacity of the EfW in terms of average domestic consumption is exaggerated.
(8) The abolition of regional spatial strategies undermines much of the socio-economic justification for the EfW for future housing projections and the waste theoretically arising.
(9) EfW assembly will be undertaken by labour imported temporarily into the area and the remaining permanent jobs will have a negligible effect on overall employment patterns – of which there can be no guarantee, will be offered to local people.
(10) There will be a detrimental effect on existing property prices which in turn will depress economic activity and undermine the ambition of local communities to develop as tourist destinations and not somewhere other communities send their waste.
(H) Traffic and Transport Impacts
(11) The traffic volumes will be beyond the existing and predicted capacity of the road infrastructure with huge potential for congestion further afield at key junctions in Milton Keynes and the motorway network and the traffic arrival and departure times will lead to significant disturbance, traffic congestion and noise to surrounding communities.
(12) Despite the fact that Rookery Pit lies between two rail lines all waste to the EfW will be delivered by road.
(13) There has been no consultation by Covanta on the impact of the proposed impact on communities beyond the Marston Vale.
For these reasons above we propose to provide further supporting detailed evidence that the IPC should conclude this proposal is the wrong solution to dealing with waste in the proposed catchment area and in the wrong location.