Vale Council recommends NRW does not issues gasification plant with a permit

Photo credit: Beautiful Barry/Stop the Barry Incinerator

The Vale Council has recommended that Natural Resources Wales does not issue Biomass UK No.2 ltd with an environmental permit for the proposed gasification plant located on Woodham Road, Barry.

The £50 million plant which was originally due to be completed in August 2017, has received high public interest and large campaigns held by the ‘Docks Incinerator Action Group’ in recent months leading to an extension in the public consultation by NRW.

The local council has also served contractors working on it with a noise pollution notice, after a number of noise complaints were received relating to construction and installation works taking place at the site during the night.

The council has acted promptly to address the issue, serving a section 60 Control of Pollution Act 1974 notice on the contractors. This requires all activity audible at the boundary of the site to be carried out between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8am & 12:30pm on Saturday and at no time on Sunday or Public holidays.

The council’s concerns to NRW relate to potential noise emissions from the site and the way in which air quality implications have been assessed.

Coun John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “I am well aware of how contentious the subject of the gasification plant is with residents and communities and I fully appreciate their concerns.

“The issue is complex and not straightforward and whilst the issuing of a permit is a matter for Natural Resources Wales, after completing our own assessments, our opinion is that based on the information available at this time, a permit should not be issued.

“I am also pleased to say that the council has acted promptly to address concerns of noise pollution relating to works taking place at the site and I hope that this helps minimise disturbance to residents,” Coun Thomas added.

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