Asphalt plant permit deferred

By Martin Neville

Monday, February 25, 2013

 

A DECISION on Eurovia Roadstone’s application for an environmental permit to mix hot asphalt at the proposed asphalt plant on the Isle of Wight has been deferred for further tests to be carried out.

Members of the IW Council’s regulatory committee agreed to defer the decision on the Cowes site for three months and issue a further information notice on the applicant calling on the company to monitor background airborne pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, so-called PM10 particles and sulphur dioxide.

The initial three-month deferral could be extended to six months if the results show concentrates above guideline levels.

Eurovia applied for an environmental permit to mix hot asphalt at the plant, which it hopes to build at Medina Wharf, off Arctic Road, to supply asphalt for the Island’s highways PFI scheme.

Permits are issued to protect air quality and Eurovia had to show it would use the best available techniques to control air pollution.

Environmental health officers said the company had provided sufficient information and recommended the permit was granted.

But the committee, which heard representations from a number of objectors as well as Eurovia’s agent, David Marsh, this morning (Monday), called for site-specific background air-quality monitoring which could be used as a baseline measure to judge the impact of the proposed plant.

The decision to defer came after a motion to reject the application, proposed by Cllr Jonathan Bacon, was defeated.

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by Dave Dawson

26th February 2013, at 17:19:17

I would like to congratulate the Committee on their decision to defer the application on the Asphalt Plant. However, I am dismayed at their decision to give Eurovia YET MORE TIME to come up with answers which would normally be regarded as essential to an application of this nature.

Why does Eurovia think they can come to the Island and the council with a half baked application? If their applications are representative of how they will run the various elements of the proposed plants, the area is doomed and should therefore be rejected by the Council.

From all that I have read and seen Eurovia is not a fit company to run potentially dangerous plant here on the Island. They must now be forced to bring Asphalt in on Barges from the Mainland as a plant on the Island is not part of the PFI contract

One must now question the millions spent on consultants employed by the council to negotiate this contract together with people who made the decision to engage them.

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by Tony Cooper

26th February 2013, at 16:23:31

Is it a coincidence that there is an election for the IW council in less than three months? Talk about shifting the problem, the current lot may not be re-elected. As for pollution I can remember as can many locals that there was a shipyard, three gas works, a coal burning power station a cement works and a steam railway all chucking out more hazardous waste than the asphalt plant is ever likely to.

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