South Marston Parish Council at the Keypoint Enquiry

Parish Council representatives Tony Leathart and Sylvia Brown shared the daily attendance at the two week Keypoint Enquiry at the Steam Museum that ended last week. They were able to appear and speak most days on matters ranging from pollution risk and visual impact, to the likelihood of HGV traffic congestion within and outside of the Keypoint estate.

One of the most hotly-debated aspects were the benefits, claimed by the developers, from the planned use of the rail terminal for transporting feedstock to the plant. This proposal was brought forward just before the appeal started and was not in the original application. The Parish Council was able to show that the likelihood of this ever happening was extremely small and no significant weight should be given to the claim.

The inspector’s report will probably not be produced until late spring.

All told, our two stalwart representatives spent more than 40 hours at the enquiry, which involved accompanying the inspector at the day-long site visit in the pouring rain and the challenge of getting to the enquiry on the Friday morning when the snow was at its worst.

The snow also meant no deliveries had reached the Steam museum or any of the food outlets in the vicinity. Attendees had to make do with day-old sandwiches rescued from the bin by the Steam caretaker! At the end of the day, participants helped dig each other out of the car park as the snow had continued to fall.