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Monday, 28 July 2008

Havoc in the hedgerows: The truth about life in the country

Havoc in the hedgerows: The truth about life in the country.

Click on the link below to read an article in 23rd July 08 Independant. It includes a section on the local proposed AD. Click on the 'Back' arrow in the top left of the Article to return to here.......

Mention the countryside and you think of natural silence broken only by birdsong. But many new initiatives have undermined the notion of the British rural idyll in recent years. Our favourite AD unit gets a mention in the Indy

Friday, 25 July 2008

Sellindge Proposed Sites - Map

A new section entitled 'Map of Sellindge', just below the 'Shepway District Planning Meeting - 29th July 2008' section, has a link to a Google map of Sellindge highlighting, via the blue balloon type shapes, the approximate position, from top to bottom, of certain points of interest:

1) The Proposed Lorry Park Site

2) The Airport Cafe

3) The Proposed Otterpool Quarry Site

4) Port Lympne Zoo

If you click on the blue balloon, a text box is displayed showing which is which. Other features of google map can be used such as display the map in terrain or map mode, zoom in/out, move up/down.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Waste Plant Meeting - Tuesday 29th July 08, 7pm, in the Civic Centre Folkesone


In the Folkestone Herald 24th July, at the bottom of page 2, the Headline is 'Village awaits decision on waste plant'. The last paragraph states....

"Shepway District Council's development control committee will discuss the planning application for the site just off the A20 next week at a public meeting in the Civic Centre in Folkestone on Tuesday 29th July at 7pm. The final decision will be made by KCC this year. "

We must all attend this public meeting to make sure our feelings are known!! Please let others know and come along if at all possible.

Click on the scanned article and then it should be readable. You may be able to click on the 'back' arrow in the top left to return to here - failing that just go to this website again.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Anaerobic Digester information via 'letsrecycle' website

The website has lots of interesting information on Anaerobic Digester (AD) plants, including in the UK. If you put the phrase 'anaerobic digester' in the search option (found near the top right of the screen) then many useful and relevant links are displayed.

In the right-hand column, immediately below the 'Contacts' section, are some interesting ones found so far.

As one of the links states: "It must be remembered that anaerobic digestion processing for food waste has never been proven in a full scale facility in the UK. While other companies have built anaerobic digesters (including Biogen in Bedford, Biotech in Holsworthy and EarthTech in Stornaway) Greenfinch is the only plant taking around 90% food waste as its feedstock and this, is still as Mr Chesshire describes it, a "sub-commercial" project."

Sunday, 6 July 2008

The Merton Policy - planners not permitted to develop without Assessing the Impact on the Local Environment and Residents

There is a very interesting policy called 'the Merton Policy', concerning the Protection of the Environment . This is to do with renewable energy sources, not just AD plants, but these are mentioned. The main point being that planners are not permitted to 'develop' where these would impact on the Local Environment and Residential Developments without following the Council requirements.

Have a look at the Policy for the detail. The following Sections look particularly relevant:

PE.1: Air Quality (proposed developments that have a significantly adverse effect on Air Quality will not be permitted - the Council will require ....)

PE.2: Pollution and Amenity (proposed developments that have a significantly adverse effect on Nearby Occupiers or on the Amenity of the Locality by Noise and Disturbance or Air Pollution or Adverse Discharge onto the Land or into the water Systems will not be permitted - the Council will require ....)

PE.6: Water Quality (proposed developments that would lead to Pollution of Groundwater or Surface Water by reason of their Waste Water Discharge or Surface Water will not be permitted - the Council will ....)

PE.10: Waste Facilities (proposed Applications for Waste Management Facilities, such as for the Storage or Waste or Refuse, Waste Treatment and Reprocessing Plants including Concrete crushers, Incineration Plants and Waste Transfer/Bulk Reducing Stations will not be permitted outside the designated Industrial Areas - the Council will ....)

Need for an Environmental Impact Assessment for the Proposed Anaerobic Digesteion Plant

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Meeting with the KCC on 24th June at the Village Hall

The local papers recently published articles following the above meeting can be viewed in the section on the right below the 'letsrecycle website links' section.

Click on the newspaper article to increase the size.


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