First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones has contacted Natural Resources Wales to ask them to extend the consultation deadline for the permit of the controversial Biomass plant.
The plant, which is currently being built on Woodham Road in Barry, has attracted a number of large scale protests recently after it was announced that Biomass UK No.2 Limited had applied for a permit to operate a waste wood gasification facility there.
On April 3rd, Mr Jones visited the Memo Arts Centre as part of his ‘Carwyn Connects’ question and answer session, where residents were able to voice their concerns about local and national issues. Members of the community also took the opportunity to host a peaceful protest outside the Memo as the First Minister arrived.
During the question and answer session, the First Minister was asked if he would contact Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to ask them to extend the consultation period.
Mr Jones wrote to NRW on April 4th and said:
“At a recent “Carwyn Connect” event I held in Barry local residents raised their concerns regarding an application for an environmental permit made by Biomass UK No.2 Ltd. to operate a renewable energy facility in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.
I understand that the current determination date for the permit application is 8 May 2017. Many residents expressed their views that the consultation timeline was not sufficient and are concerned that the 8 May deadline does not give them enough time to make representations and put their case forward to Natural Resources Wales. At the meeting I was asked to write to you on their behalf to ask if it is possible to extend the deadline for representations on the application.”
On Saturday 8th April, a large group of people gathered on King Square to march through the town to the Council Civic Offices to show their feelings about the plant being constructed.
Various residents and Councillors spoke at the protest, giving their reasons to oppose the plant operating on Woodham Road. A live video posted on the Stop The Barry Incinerator Facebook page can be seen below:
Posted by Stop The Barry Incinerator on Saturday, 8 April 2017
A reply to Carwyn Jones’ letter is awaited, but Natural Resources Wales have previously said about the consultation:
“The new bespoke application is for a waste wood gasification facility. The process carried on at the facility will involve reacting waste wood at a high temperature without burning to generate a synthetic gas (similar to natural gas), which will then be burnt to generate steam and electricity.”
Copies of the application are available to view at the following locations:
• Barry Library, The County Library, King Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW. The Library opening times are: Mondays 9.30am – 7.00pm, Tuesday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am – 4.30pm; and
• Barry Town Council, 7 Gladstone Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 8NA. Office opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm and Fridays 8.30am – 4.30pm.
The current determination (decision) date for the application is 8th May 2017, but NRW encourage any representations to be made as early as possible so they can best take account of them during their ongoing assessment.
Comments can be sent to them by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to
Regulated Industry Permitting Team Leader
Natural Resources Wales
29 Newport Road