W079 - REVISED TIMETABLE FOR THE PUBLIC INQUIRY
I have just received a revised timetable for the Public Inquiry. It looks now as though there will only be five sitting days (unless we run into Wednesday, 29 January).
W080 PUBLIC INQUIRY 21 JANUARY 2014 - THE PAVILIONS SANDY LANE RUNCORN
We have now been informed that the evening session of the Planning Inquiry will be held at the Pavilions, Sandy Lane, Runcorn from 18:00 to 21:00 on Tuesday, the 21st January 2014.
I hope you all had a Happy Christmas and I wish you all the best for the New Year.
Now to update you on what is happening with regard to the Appeal by Ineos Chlor Vinyl’s Ltd, Runcorn Energy from Waste Facility (PINS Reference APP/DO650/A/13/2201280) against refusal of permission to vary Condition 57. (HBC reference 13/00011/S73)
HAGATI members have been extremely busy leading up to Christmas getting our Summary of Proof and Proof of Evidence ready for the Public Inquiry as it had to be with the Inspector on the 17 December 2013. On that date, we then received a huge amount of documents from Ineos and their nine expert witnesses which we are slowly plodding through and getting to grips with the contents in order to prepare our Evidence in Chief.
We are fully concentrated on all the preparations for the Public Inquiry which as you know is to be held at the Pavilions, Sandy Lane, Runcorn starting on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 opening at 10.00 am, resuming on subsequent sitting days at 9.30 am.
The planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to determine the appeal is Mrs Jennifer A Vyse DipTP, DipPBM, MRTPI.
HAGATI pushed for the venue to be in Runcorn and The Inspector, kindly agreed to hold the Inquiry in the local area so that it would be easier for local residents to attend. Therefore, we hope that as many people as possible will attend to show that there is still great concern about the Appeal by Ineos to vary Condition 57, thereby increasing the amount of lorries bringing in the waste.
We all have different concerns about this and it will affect us all in different ways. This will be your last chance to raise concerns about this Appeal – the very last chance. HAGATI has agreed with residents that Condition 57 SHOULD NOT BE VARIED and that is what we will be fighting for - what you have asked us to do for you and your families.
It has been a very hard slog and we hope that as usual, you will show your support by attending at least some part of the Inquiry, particularly as we have made every effort for it to be at the Pavilions. One of the points about a Public Inquiry is that this is your chance to put before the Inspector any concerns or issues that you feel are important to you. Do not be put off if you do wish to speak by the formal way in which Public Inquiries are carried out. You will not be cross examined or questioned if you do not wish to be so.
The Inspector has made it very plain though that repetition of the same points is not a good tactic. It is obviously difficult to know if what you wish to say will already be in someone else’s mind, but we will help you to realise this if you let us know your intentions. HAGATI will be providing a number of speakers as well. If you feel you need any help in what you want to say, please contact Jeff Meehan – email email@example.com.
During the Inquiry, the Inspector has said that an evening session devoted to residents who wish to speak and who cannot easily be at the Inquiry during the daytime could be arranged. Let us know if this is something that you would be interested in. We hope to have a date soon so that we can let you know.
At the Pre Inquiry Meeting held in October, a skeleton running order was agreed and, based on the best information available, the Planning Inspector, envisages the Inquiry progressing along the following lines. Do not take this as a definite programme, it would be best to keep in touch with members of the HAGATI group as the time goes on for up to date information. There will be a probable twelve sitting days 21-24 January, 28 to 31 January and the 11 to 14 February 2014. A decision would be expected by about the end of March.
The first day is when residents who wish to speak would normally be heard or should register if they wish to speak later in the Inquiry process. If you do wish to speak, you must notify the Programme Officer, David Halliburton, either in writing to the Planning Department, Halton Borough Council, Municipal Building, Kingsway, Widnes, WA8 7QF or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org marked for Mr Halliburton’s attention.
Should you have any disabilities or special requirements, please contact David Halliburton on 0151 511 7170.
Tuesday 21 January: Inspector’s opening and brief opening submissions for the appellant and HAGATI. This will be followed by an opportunity for local residents who do not wish to attend the full Inquiry to make their statements.
The appellant will then set out its case through various witnesses, who may be asked questions by HAGATI, Freight on Rail, and others who have given the Inspector their name as wishing to speak. The Inspector may also have questions. On current best estimates, that is likely to take the Inquiry through to the end of Tuesday of the second week.
Wednesday 29 January: HAGATI to present its case, followed by cross examination by the appellant and any questions from the Inspector.
Thursday 30 January: The case for Freight on Rail (one hour) and any local residents who have not already spoken.
Friday 31 January: Discussion with regard to the planning obligation to be submitted, followed by closing submissions for HAGATI and then the appellant.
All the information and documentation with regard to the Inquiry is now in the public domain, and can be viewed as hardcopies at the Halton Direct Link, Halton Lea Shopping Centre, Runcorn. Alternatively documents are available to view on the Council’s website at http://www.halton.gov.uk/planningapps/ - please enter 13/00011/S73 into the Case Number field, on the resulting ‘Details’ page at the bottom left ‘Inquiry Documents – Click for more’ is displayed, click on ‘Click for more’ and the list of documents is displayed.
Thank you all for your continued support, we look forward to seeing you during some part of the Inquiry. It has been a difficult task to understand all the huge amount of Reports and documentation we have had to read through and even more difficult to research them and gain the knowledge and understand so that we can come up with valid arguments, but we are giving it our best shot. Please come along as you have done before, and give us the encouragement to carry it out with the intention that we will indeed win our disagreement with Ineos.
Hope to see you at the Inquiry.
PLANNING APPEAL BY INEOS CHLORVINYLS LTD AGAINST THE REFUSAL BY THE DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE OF HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL TO VARY CONDITION 57 RELATING TO THE AMOUNT OF FUEL TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE SITE BY ROAD
This week, HAGATI attended the pre-inquiry meeting to discuss details, venues and timings for the Public Inquiry which will be held in January 2014 to decide on the Application by INEOS to increase the amount of waste brought to the Site by HGVs.
The original choice of venue by HBC was the Stadium in Widnes. HAGATI thought, and convinced the Inspector with the help and support of Derek Twigg and local Councillors that public involvement was a vital element of the Inquiry and it was essential that local residents had the opportunity to address the Inquiry with their concerns. This opinion was shared by the Inspector and after a visit by her to the venue, she decided, to our delight, to hold the Inquiry at The Pavilions, Sandy Lane, Runcorn.
Although the starting date for the Inquiry is not until the 21 January 2014, the Inspector has suggested that in a further move to allow residents to voice their opinions, she will, if there is sufficient demand, hold an evening session where residents who have difficulty in attending during working hours, will have the opportunity to address the Inquiry with their concerns.
Either way, whether it be during the day or evening, if you wish to speak at the Inquiry, and we urge you to do so, you need to contact us as soon as possible, so that we can compile a list of numbers, not names, so that the Inspector will have an idea how much time to allow for the public and also to justify an evening session to the Inspector that there is sufficient local interest and concern.
Anyone who does want to speak needs to either attend the first day to register, or inform us so that we can register your details with the Inquiry Officer.
We have attached a copy of the HAGATI Statement of Case (SEE HAGATI DOCUMENTS) which is the outline of the case that we will be presenting in full at the Inquiry. Hopefully, this will cover most of the issues and concerns of local residents. The HAGATI case is restricted to matters and issues defined by the Inspector. You may therefore regard several issues as not evidenced in the Report but obviously you will be able to speak on any matters that are personal to your situation, not just those contained in the Statement of Case. Further documents and ‘Proof of Evidence’ and ‘Evidence in Chief’ are currently being written which will expand on the Statement of Case.
Confirmed dates and times will be sent to you when they have been finalised. Please support HAGATI and all local residents by attending at least some part of the Public Inquiry, even if you do not wish to speak.
Thank you for your continued support. This is probably the last and the most important chance for you to express your concerns. I cannot stress enough that we do indeed need your help. The Inspector has said that she sees that there is a great amount of public concern by the letters which she now has in her possession. Please show her with your attendance that we really are concerned.
W083 ANOTHER PUBLIC INQUIRY
There is to be a further Public Inquiry into the refusal of Halton Borough Council to approve the Application by Ineos to vary Condition 57 to allow more lorries to deliver waste to the Incinerator. Halton Borough Council are proposing not to defend the decision of the Councillors of the Development Control Committee so it could be yet again, HAGATI versus Ineos!!
We have had our last day of the Inquiry today (01.08.13). Thank you to all those who have supported us throughout the three days. It has been very hard work but we hope that all the time and effort put in by everyone has paid off in that we were able to present a well thought out case which will hopefully The Inspector will take away with her.
Each day there was a large number of members of the public in attendance to show that there is so much concern. Councillors, the TUC and members of the public were able to have their say and we appreciate everyone's input. At times, it was very emotional and other times we had to laugh.
We were up against professionals and experts and it has been a very difficult task to keep up momentum to the end. Yesterday, The Inspector congratulated us on our Evidence in Chief and even said she thought she might suggest our method of presentation to future public inquiries. This boosted our energy and confidence no end. This morning, we presented our Closing Statement. The Inspector again thanked all who were there for the way in which everyone had conducted themselves. If you want an insight of what we have presented on your behalf we can send you a copy of our Closing Statement which is a precis' of our case or you will be able to find it on our Website https://sites.google.com/site/haltonbreathe/
This afternoon, representatives of HAGATI and Ineos accompanied The Inspector around the area affected by the EfW Facility. All in all, we feel we have done our best to represent the people of Halton in their concerns about the noise and air pollution monitoring. We will all now have to wait about a month for the Inspectors decision.
A special thanks to those people who have helped us in giving out leaflets and various other jobs, and also to those people who managed to sit through all the three days. We hope we have represented you as well as we could. We will be in touch again as soon as we have any more news.
I personally would like to extend my special thanks and also I am sure, the thanks of everyone who has been involved, the HAGATI team, and the public in general, to our Chairman, Jeff Meehan, without whose continued dedication and hard work we would never have got this far. Jeff has spent every minute of every hour he could to work on our behalf, make phone calls, speak to experts, spend hours at his computer, and in effect gain a great amount of knowledge necessary to fight for the health and wellbeing of every resident in Halton. Over the last seven years, he has almost put his own life on hold with his enthusiasm and genuine belief and concern in what we are doing. It is he who has continued to encourage the rest of the HAGATI team to carry on when things have got difficult. Thanks must also go to his wife Maureen who has given up her time also to support Jeff. I would also personally like to thank the other members of the HAGATI team, Alan, Mike and Simon without whose help we could not have coped. Thanks also to the Councillors who have also given up their time to support us.
Particular thanks must also go to Sammy and Donna for all their hard work and support. I cannot finish without mentioning the other true supporters, both older people and the young who have been with us every step of the way - they know who they are.
W085 - APOLOGY - THE DATES ARE 30, 31 JULY AND 1 AUGUST 2013.
HAGATI Chairman, Jeff Meehan has been invited to talk on Halton Radio tomorrow (Wednesday 17 July 2013) at 12.00 noon. If you want to listen, turn on your radio and tune in to Halton Community Radio HCR 92.3 FM.
HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC INQUIRY
You may or may not have received a communication from Halton Borough Council regarding the Public Inquiry. As you will see on our latest news sheet, all the HAGATI documentation relevant to the Public Inquiry are now available for viewing or can be downloaded if you wish to pass them onto a friend or neighbour who does not have access to the internet.
MP DEREK TWIGG SENDS LETTER TO PLANNING INSPECTORATE ON BEHALF OF CONSTITUENTS - PUBLIC INQUIRE - CONDITIONS 29 AND 62
I am extremely pleased to be able to tell you that our MP, Derek Twigg has written to the Planning Inspectorate on residents behalf with his comments on the Application by Ineos with regards to Conditions 29 and 62, (Noise and Air Pollution Monitoring). (We are not concerned with Conditions 15 and 52 as they do not affect the residents of Halton). I have attached to this email the full DEBRR Conditions (SEE NEWS OR HAGITI DOCUMENTS) in case you have not seen these before - this might help you to understand what they are all about. His letter reflects the concerns of the Members of the Development Control Committee and our local Ward Councillors to whom we are extremely grateful for their support.
HAGATI NEEDS YOUR HELP
There will be a 3 day Public Inquiry on Tuesday, 30 July 2013, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 and Thursday, 1 August 2013. The first 2 days will be held at Runcorn Town Hall and the 3rd day at The Heath Conference Centre. All days are from 10.00am.
3 DAY PUBLIC INQUIRY
CONDITIONS 29 AND 62
(SCHEMES FOR NOISE AND AIR POLLUTION)
TUESDAY - 30 JULY 2013
WEDNESDAY - 31 JULY 2013
Runcorn Town Hall, Heath Road, Runcorn
THURSDAY - 1 AUGUST 2013
The Heath Conference Centre, Heath Rd South, Runcorn
From 10.00 am each day
The Inquiry will be discussing and deciding the two Schemes for Noise and Air Pollution Monitoring proposed by Ineos and will be hearing objections from members of the public and the local residents group.
This is YOUR chance to hear how YOUR OBJECTION is being dealt with. If you didn't object, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO INFLUENCE THE RESULT, JUST BY ATTENDING.
This is a PUBLIC INQUIRY, and at the discretion of the Inspector, anyone wishing to speak needs to be in attendance on the first day to register a request.
The first day is the most important day to attend. If you can only make one day or half a day or just a few hours, please try and make it the first day. We want as many people as possible.
WE NEED TO SHOW SOLIDARITY
JOIN US IN MAKING SURE THAT INEOS ARE MADE TO MONITOR ANY POLLUTION THAT THEY MAKE - NOISE OR AIR.
PLEASE COME ALONG, AT LEAST FOR 10.00AM ON THE FIRST DAY SO THAT YOU CAN SHOW THE PLANNING INSPECTOR THAT WE ARE ALL VERY CONCERNED.
For more information go to
or email email@example.com
We won! Many thanks to members of the group who came to the Town Hall on Monday to show your support and more importantly for all your objections which were a large contributing factor to the decision made by the Councillors.
HAGATI have just been informed that Condition 57 will be dealt with at the next Development Control Committee on Monday, 10 June 2013 at 6.30 pm. I have not yet had time to look through and digest all of the Officers recommendations, but on first sight, the Officers will be recommending approval of the Ineos Application for more lorries. Again we have little time to get ourselves organised before the event, one wonders if this may be a deliberate act so that we don't have enough time to respond in our best interest!! However, we will be looking at what our next actions will be. We have already submitted our case some months ago and this can be seen by looking at the link:- http://moderngov.halton.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=300&MId=4258&Ver=4
SEE NEWS W092
We have now had confirmation from HBC that the Application to vary Condition 57 (lorries) will NOT be heard at the April DCC meeting.
This gives you more time, if you haven't already done so, to write your objection to the Planning Inspectorate.
SEE NEWS W093
Support for sustainable transport is important
An article appeared in Rail Magazine, the authoritative journal of rail transport. As you will see they are very supportive of sustainable transport, particularly in respect of waste transported to the Ineos Site.
SEE NEWS W094
INEOS APPEAL TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE
You may or may not have received the most recent letter from HBC regarding Ineos attached. I am asking for your help again.
Ineos need to comply with several conditions imposed when Planning Permission was granted. Two of those conditions relate to noise nuisance and the effects of incinerator operations on local air quality.
The noise monitoring scheme proposed by Ineos is inadequate. The scheme has already been amended by Halton Council Officers. HAGATI welcomes these improvements but are still far from satisfied because, as we pointed out, the monitor used by Ineos is twice the distance from the Incinerator than the closest houses. Therefore the monitor cannot possibly record the noise which would be heard at the houses.
Every Councillor who spoke at the meeting expressed concerns and as they are aware that unless the correct baseline measurements are taken, any future complaint about noise nuisance will be met with the excuse from Ineos that it was noisy before and it is not their fault. The solution recommended by the Councillors was for an extra monitor next to the houses nearest to the incinerator but Ineos have rejected that suggestion.
Of even greater concern to residents and Councillors was the proposal by Ineos to only use one monitor at Weston Brine to monitor air quality. There is now a year of data available from that site and it demonstrates that the monitor is upwind of the incinerator. In other words, because of typical wind directions, the total amount of time that the monitor would measure stack emissions from the incinerator is less than 10%. It cannot therefore fulfil the Planning Permission requirement of measuring the effects of incinerator operations on local air quality. As Weston Brine is also so far from Picow Farm Road, it can never measure and take into account the effects of traffic pollution that the incinerator will generate.
The Councillors on the Development Committee suggested that the same standard of monitoring should be used as that employed if the Environment Agency were to carry out the monitoring, they requested that four air quality monitors be installed at sites around the incinerator. Again Ineos have rejected these suggestions.
Now that the Halton Council Councillors have decided that protecting the health and environment of residents is more important than the Ineos schemes which would have masked the effects of incinerator operations, Ineos have now applied to the Planning Inspectorate in an attempt to get their inadequate schemes approved.
HAGATI needs your help, we are aware that the aim of the Government Planning Policy Framework is supporting local decision making in planning matters. This case is an opportunity to demonstrate the policy and ensure that the local knowledge of the situation, issues and concerns demonstrated by Halton Borough Councillors are fully taken into account.
To make your concerns that local planning decisions made by our local Councillors could be overridden by Ineos you need to write to the Planning Inspectorate at the link below. Ineos have always stated that the operation of the incinerator will have no detrimental effects on Halton, this should be their chance to prove it. Install monitoring that is capable of measuring the effects of incinerator operations as required by the planning permission conditions.
Please e-mail the Planning Inspectorate quoting Appeal Reference No: APP/D0650/A/13/2191269 at Teamp3@pins.gsi.gov.uk
It would be helpful if you could also send a copy of your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org - (just so we have an idea how many letters have gone).
HAGATI have a great deal of data from the monitoring carried out at Weston Brine. If you feel this would be useful, either personally or to form part of your objection, please email myself or email@example.com.
Thanks once again for your continued help and support. Sue Bowden
Help keep the environment clean for our children
Thank you in anticipation of your financial support
THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER
COUNCILLORS MUST NOT BE FORCED TO PUT THE COMMERCIAL INTERESTS OF INEOS BEFORE THE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT OF RESIDENTS AND SHOULD STICK BY THEIR ORIGINAL DECISION WHICH WAS TO IMPOSE A CONDITION TO MINIMISE ROAD TRAFFIC IN THE AREA OF THE INCINERATOR
We say DO NOT LET INEOS RUIN OUR TOWN
else we will all regret it
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE YOU NEED TO WRITE TO:-
DEVELOPMENT CONTROL COMMITTEE:-
firstname.lastname@example.org (Vice Chair)