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Gloucestershire waste focus: Javelin Park

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: October 14, 2009

alternatives: Francesca Cupido, Rob Gaffney, David Dodsworth and Graeme Flory-Kish, chairman of Haresfield Parish Council.

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The announcement of the list of sites in the Forest of Dean, Tewkesbury, Gloucester and Stroud areas has been greeted with widespread controversy, and many believe an incinerator could end up outside their front door.

But the county council has not confirmed the method of waste disposal or whether any of the sites will be developed following the consultation.

Over the next 10 weeks, The Citizen will be looking in detail at each site and its place in the communities nearby.

Javelin Park, Haresfield

Perhaps the most controversial and publicised potential site is Javelin Park, sitting empty in Haresfield on the outskirts of Gloucester.

In January, the council came up against criticism from residents, councillors and Gloucester's MP Parmjit Dhanda after it announced it had purchased part of the area, which was identified as a strategic waste site in the council's Waste Local Plan in 2004.

Since then, petitions, protests, heated debates and a high-profile name-change for Labour party aide and Haresfield Parish councillor David Purchase have elevated the issue so it is set firmly in everybody's minds.

Mr Purchase, who works as an assistant to Mr Dhanda, and famously changed his name to David "Against Incineration" Purchase when he stood for the Quedgeley division in the county council elections this year, said residents would still fight plans for a waste incinerator at the site.

He said: "Haresfield Parish Council does not have a difficulty with Javelin Park being identified as a waste disposal site for the local area.

"However, it would be difficult to convey this to the county council through their consultation, as they are not prepared to consult over the technologies that can be used to dispose of waste.

"What the parish council is clear about is that incineration should not be introduced to Gloucestershire, and therefore should not be introduced to any of the 13 sites proposed."

Francesca Cupido, who has lived on the Kingsway estate for three months, said: "I just think there are alternatives to putting this incinerator here, and there has to be protest.

"It's going to affect not just our children, but our children's children. It will be a blot on our beautiful Cotswold landscape."

Rob Gaffney lives with his family opposite the entrance to the site, which makes him the nearest neighbour to Javelin Park.

He said: "It's not just about where it's going to be. There are so many other solutions to the problem.

"This just seems to be the easy option, and there's this pretence that the site has good access, but just down the road there's a sign telling drivers how many accidents there have been on this road recently."

He added that the extra vehicles serving the waste site would make an already bad problem worse.

He said: "Drivers already see this road as a continuation of the motorway, and there's a weight limit going into Standish which everyone already ignores.

"The traffic coming off the M5 is already bad enough, before you even take into consideration the increased traffic when the Kingsway development is finished.

"If this goes ahead, there will be chaos on the M5."

Nigel Riglar, director of planning for Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The site known as Javelin Park is the former Moreton Valence Airfield, off J12 of the M5 motorway in Stroud district.

"It is vacant apart from large piles of crushed recycled stone. Although there is no waste management on the site at present, the owners of the site, which include the county council, have said it could be available for use.

"This site is on the consultation shortlist because it fulfils many of the criteria, is not at risk of flooding and it is close to the motorway network.

The site was originally identified in the Waste Local Plan which was approved in 2004."

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    Durzledown, Dursley  |  October 21 2009, 9:53AM

    Both the article and the council have overlooked the issue of waste reduction. A first step could be to force local supermarkets to deal with and pay for the waste packaging they produce. People who buy from supermarkets pay for a lot of waste. If retailers were responsible for their waste, they would reduce it. No question. And we would be putting less waste into our bins. Having big incinerators would just be a way to put off having to change our wasteful lifestyles. We have to change.

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    Quedgeley Guy, Quedgeley  |  October 14 2009, 5:16PM

    Puzzled scientist, Gloucester. You've missed the point. You state that burning grown material is not hazardous as plants reabsorb the CO2. They don't absorb it as fast as Incineration produces it. This means that we would have an unbalanced atmosphere for an unknown length of time. An easier way of looking at it is to think of Incineration as Landfill in the Sky. Do a Web search for this. We'll still have Landfill as whatever system is used to manage waste,25 percent of it will remain untreatable and will end up in the ground. Therefore,the other 75 percent or so will end up in the air we breathe.

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    Rob,, Haresfield  |  October 14 2009, 12:30PM

    Yet again a view from the County Council stating that this site meets certain crieria. Not at risk of flooding ? This site has flooded at least three times since the July floods of 2007. Close to the Motorway Network ? It's closer to an AONB than the Motorway and this access is through one narrow single lane B road that is notoriously dangerous and has had numerous accidents this year.The Motorway traffic queues back in both directions every day as it cannot cope with current levels of traffic using Junction 12 and this is before the Kingsway development is completed and the start of the Hunts Grove project. The main criteria it seems to meet is that Glos CC has purchased the site and considers it the "easy" option.

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    Puzzled scientist, Gloucester  |  October 14 2009, 10:51AM

    Quedgeley guy - can you tell me a method of waste disposal - other than landfill - which doesn't produce CO2? If the product being burnt is produced from a grown material - wood or cardboard etc - then there is no net increase in CO2 - the plant will have had to absorb that CO2 when it grew in the first place. It is true that burning plastics leads to a net CO2 increase - but if they're not recycled (not all plastics can be) how would you propose getting rid of them?

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    Quedgeley Guy, Quedgeley  |  October 14 2009, 10:10AM

    There's one very important scenario being avoided or forgotten here. Burning waste produces vast amounts of CO2 as waste is not a "Clean" Fuel. How does this equate with the reduction of the "Greenhouse Effect"? We should manage our own local waste with multiple sites placed strategically throughout the County and not put all our eggs into one basket. The Council has to listen to the Taxpayers by Law as part of the Planning Process. Yet all that is offered is a tortuous online document. I would dearly love to face the Council and give my views. It won't happen though as my views are based on the health of the environment and not on how many millions I can wheedle out of the Government.

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    jeff, Gloucester  |  October 14 2009, 8:25AM

    insted of the public dictating to the countycouncil about this wasted council tax payers money while its stood empty. when this site is the best ideal site in this area for a massive recycling plant . so people stop moaning and let the county council put this siteinto a recycling plant .