16 SEP 2009

Tilmanstone waste processing plant opposed by residents

Eastry village hall was packed to standing room only this evening at the Tilmanston waste plant public meeting. Over 200 people came to make clear their opposition to this proposal at a public meeting hosted by Kent County Council.

Residents of Tilmanstone have been up in arms about the proposed massive waste processing plant in their village.  So too have the nearby villages of Eastry and Northbourne, which are downwind. The plan described as "composting" is not like the one at the end of a garden. It's size is pretty close to every compost heap in East Kent rolled up and put into one place. And it's not made of grass and clippings either - this heap would process manure and food waste. As it's open air, the methane would not be captured - meaning the plant would damage rather than help protect the ozone layer.

Unsurprisingly, residents were concerned about smells, traffic, water table pollution, bio aerosols and other biohazards. Hearing of the concerns, I conducted a consultation of all residents in the areas recently and was inundated with responses protesting against the plant. Concern that was visible at the public meeting. I handed in the responses to the chairman of the meeting.

Congratulations are in order to local district and county councillors who attended and made the case for the community - pictured with me above are (l-r) C Cllr Leyland Ridings, Cllr Nick Kenton and C Cllr Steve Manion.

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