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Unsettling news from Ernesettle

UKWIN has received the following unsettling news from our friends in Ernesettle:

The South West Devon Waste Partnership (SWDWP) announced yesterday that it had chosen three waste companies – MVV Umwelt, SITA UK and Viridor – to put forward more detailed plans. The three companies have come up with five different plans between them, all for incinerators, at Ernesettle, North Yard and South Yard Devonport and New England Quarry. MVV Umwelt and SITA have proposals for Ernesettle and Devonport and Viridor has put forward its own site at New England Quarry.

“The final solution and location will be chosen by the partnership. The public will be able to comment when the chosen company submits a planning application.” Report from The Herald 18 July 2009

Representatives from STIFLE had a meeting with officers from SWDWP earlier this week, before this decision was taken, to try to persuade them that the Ernesettle site is totally unsuitable and that incineration was not the best option. Sadly this was met with the response that, as people will not change their habits and recycle more, the Partnership feel that the only way forward is incineration.

Our major concern is that the only site left of the four which had been proposed by the Partnership is Ernesettle. STIFLE will need to step up the campaign and will welcome any assistance.

In May this year, Alison Seabeck MP presented an 800 signature petition in the House of Commons, protesting against the use of the site at Ernesettle. STIFLE also held a fund-raising gig in Ernesettle, raising £200 and bringing the community together for an enjoyable social evening.


  1. David Levy

    Public consultation should be reflected in decisions that are made that affect communities and their public health. Too many decisions are based on inaccurate data and those consultees should flag their concerns via the precautionary principle. Only when missing data from start up/shut down and breach conditions will a council that is viewing other sites will get a real time evaluation of process soundness.
    I am disgusted with this rural council being seduced by big value pfi opportunities rather than seeking what the people really desire which is concentrating on the waste hierarchy and delivering it

  2. Danis

    I asked for a health survey to be done regarding the local landfill site. Reply was that there was no point, as a study had not been done prior to the site commencing and no point as the population was so small. NOW YOU KNOW WHY THE PUT THESE PLANTS IN THESE AREAS. It they put them in the middle of a city they would have more opposition and would have more data regarding health effects, data that they do not want. I suggest you insist on a health study by the PCT before commencement. OR STOP THEM.

  3. Geraldine Lane

    This isn’t a rural area, although it is a greenfield site – Plymouth has a population of 250,000 and Ernesettle is one of its (mainly) council estates, on the western edge of the city, facing the Cornish town of Saltash (pop. 15,000). Unfortunately, health issues seem to come low on Plymouth city council priorities. We have a dreadful legacy of high rates of mesothelioma as a result of years of exposure of dockyard workers to asbestos, not to mention the nuclear risks and now the possibility of Devonport Dockyard becoming a scrapyard for nuclear submarines! STIFLE vow to keep on fighting on all relevant issues!

  4. Anna

    I attended a meeting held by Gary Streeter in Ivybridge last night.
    He and SOME of the people in Ivyrbidge don’t want it in thier back yard but are happy for it to go in Plymouth, out of sight out of mind.
    This is crazy, incinerators are outdated technology, bad for the environment and expensive to run, for the environment, the councils and the hospitals.
    People of Devon need to stand togethr and not be divided by governments/corporations ‘planning’.

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