It has been a while since we have updated you regarding the ongoing campaigns in Devon, and lots has been happening. EcoIvy’s Charlotte has provided UKWIN with a site by site update, as follows:

Proposed Viridor Incinerator, Lee Mill

Despite Viridor not gaining the contract from the local Waste Partnership, the company is pressing ahead with plans for an incinerator that would burn 275,000 tonnes of waste a year at New England Quarry (NEQ). There will not be enough waste in Devon to keep this second incinerator burning and we are concerned Viridor plan to import commercial, industrial and household waste from outside Devon.

Devon County Council are still accepting objections to the planning application for the proposed incinerator at NEQ Lee Mill DCC/2795/2010 (revised), if you didn’t already have the chance to have your say.

As before, email objections to planning permission to or post them to
Mrs S Penaluna, Planning Officer, Devon County Council, ABG Lucombe House, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QW

It is important to remember all previous objections still stand and only objections to the revised plans should be commented on this time. Please see latest news page on for the objection guide.

But Viridor is obviously working up a Plan B, whether its plans for an incinerator are accepted or rejected. The company have reapplied for an Environment Agency permit for a huge landfill site next to the incinerator at Lee Mill. This application has gone out to public consultation. The public can send objections to this permit application to the Environment Agency until the 24th June 2011, quoting the application number EPR/PP3133FC/A001 to: or you can write to The Environment Agency, Permitting Support Centre, EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF

EcoIvy will publish an objection guide concerning Viridor’s landfill EA permit application on their website shortly.

Proposed MVV Umwelt Incinerator, Devonport, Plymouth
After gaining the South West Devon Waste Partnership contract to deal with municipal waste, German company MVV Umwelt will shortly be submitting their planning application for an incinerator that would burn 250,000 tonnes of our waste a year to Plymouth City Council. We should be ready with our objections.

Incineration Is Wrong (IIW), the Plymouth based anti-incineration community group, held a demonstration on Friday morning 20th May 2011 for the first meeting of the newly elected Council. This took place at the Civic Centre, Plymouth City Centre. There are further plans for a demonstration on Thursday 2nd June 12.00 – 13.00 for the Plymouth City Council planning committee, also at the Civic Centre, Plymouth City Centre.

Incineration is Wrong have a petition against incineration on their website:

Proposed MVV Umwelt Incinerator Ash Plant, Buckfastleigh
One of the many downsides of incineration is that every 4 tonnes of waste will generate over one tonne of ash. This still needs to be disposed of. MVV Umwelt and it’s contractor Gilpins plan to build a plant at Whitecleaves Quarry in Buckfastleigh to treat, mix and store ash from the proposed Plymouth incinerator. They say ash may then be used as a low grade aggregate for the construction industry. About 65,000 tonnes of ash a year would be driven up the A38 in lorries to the plant. The quarry void would be filled and blasting in the quarry situated near the middle of the town will need to recommence, if the plans are successful.

Devon County Council has received an EIA Scoping Report filed by Gilpin/MVV Umwelt. The public still
have an opportunity to comment and have their views taken into consideration. On initial review it appears that there are several issues we need to address with DCC, including:
· Further traffic and emissions surveys;
· A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and;
· An odour assessment;

The full report is on the website where they have provided a few charts with explanations, to illustrate the proposed application. MVV Umwelt plan to submit a planning application in the spring 2011.

The website also has details of Buckfastleigh Community Forums’ public committee meetings open to all. They are also on Facebook.

Buckfastleigh Community Forum will be putting on a large public event on Thursday 7th July at the Buckfastleigh Town Hall. They will have an exhibition open from 6pm and a presentation at 7.30pm.

EcoIvy events
EcoIvy will have a stall at the Spring in the Park, Filham Park, Ivybridge on bank holiday Monday 30th May
10.00 – 16.00. Please come along and have a chat, if you want to find out more about alternatives to incineration and dealing with waste, or if you can help with fundraising.

EcoIvy are on Facebook. Our page is constantly updated and this offers a great way to stay informed and network.

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