‘Quatermass’ style “recycling village” rankles Newton Mearns
March 7 2011
The complex, the largest waste incineration plant in Europe, will recycle 1.5m tonnes of waste annually, generating some 96MW of electricity with 14, 400ft chimneys.
Though no formal application has yet been for the greenbelt site, one is expected in May, a pre-application consultation has already generated a great deal of heat from within the Newton Mearns community.
Writing to constituents Carslaw wrote of his concerns, stating: “What is being proposed for Newton Mearns – a quiet, leafy, residential suburb – takes us nearer the world of ‘Quatermass’ and the movie sets of James Bond.”
Carslaw’s hackles have been raised by the developers claims that the facility isn’t an incinerator, eliciting this response: “When is an incinerator an incinerator? LEV’s chief development officer, Willy Findlater, said in a presentation to East Renfrewshire councillors that 900,000 tonnes of waste will be incinerated.
"I would have thought that if something is incinerating something, they are probably incinerating it in an incinerator.”
The Conservative MSP went on to denounce the “hellish vision”, expressing concern at the likely need to erect pylons to Whitelees wind farm to connect the plant to the national grid.
Carslaw added: “This project, with its chimneys venting invisible clouds of mushroom residue into the atmosphere, is absolutely inconsistent with government policy.
In a web statement CDP said that “The design concept centres on the notion of creating a green landscaped ‘Science Park’ like environment as opposed to a generic collection of sheds which is typical of developments of this nature.”
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