The appeal opened on Tuesday 22nd January with well over 100 people attending. The first speakers included South Marston Parish Councillor Tony Leathart who raised:
- The visual impact of the 170ft high chimney on the rural aspect of our village
- The risk that pollution from the process would not be possible to control effectively
- The likelihood of HGVs queuing on the approach to the site, with the risk of congestion on roads inside and outside the Keypoint site
- The lack of sufficient waste from the local area, requiring transit from too wide an area into the site.
On the last point, Rolton Kilbride had submitted further documents claiming that additional waste could be brought in by train from a wider area with no resulting impact on local traffic. Their proposal was to bring trains into the rail link site, offload using HGVs which would then travel on the roads internal to the Keypoint site to be unloaded at the plant.
Our representative stated that this was simply not practical – only a few trains had ever been brought into the rail-link and there was no confirmation that Network Rail would give permission for use of the main line track access. Furthermore, the HGVs working adjacent to the rail-link siding within the Keypoint would impact severely on access by existing occupiers, particularly Honda’s deliveries and those warehouses involved in supplying Honda’s ‘just-in-time’ production operation.
The full appeal response from South Marston Parish Council can be viewed here.
The appeal continues on Tuesday 29th January at the Steam museum, beginning each day from 9.30 a.m.