Plant would impact on whole town

The resource recovery park plans are provoking strong opinions
The resource recovery park plans are provoking strong opinions

The waste plant which developers have applied for permission to build on the outskirts of Corby will have just as much impact upon Corby as it will upon the villages.

So far the majority of the opposition has come from Gretton, Weldon and Rockingham. However, the nearest homes to the proposed site are those in Stephenson Way and Pen Green Lane in Corby which are less than a mile away.

The noise, smells and traffic from the waste plant will have a very severe impact upon the Lloyds area of Corby and will be detrimental to residents’ quality of life and to property prices in the area.

The Shire Lodge and Lodge Park parts of town also stand to be blighted by the 1,000 extra lorries on Corby’s Roads which the waste plant will generate.

Congestion along Shetland Way, Vian Way and Uppingham Road will be unbearable, and HGV traffic using Shetland Way and Vian Way will present a major hazard to children walking to Lodge Park School and other pedestrians walking to the sports centre.

I urge all residents living in the Lloyds, Shire Lodge and Lodge Park areas to write to the local MP and to your local councillors to enlist their support in the fight against these horrendous waste plant proposals.

Cllr Rob McKellar

Corby Council

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Following a packed meeting in Gretton Village Hall, local people have just woken up to a threat to the largest area of woodland in Corby borough.

Brookfield plantation was established after the war on reclaimed quarry land.

It is mature woodland full of wildlife and stands on a high ridge overlooking the Welland Valley.

It can be seen from near and far because of its elevated position and stands on the site of the ancient Gretton Woods which were part of Rockingham Forest.

And yet a developer has applied for outline planning permission to create a resource recovery park there.

The intention being to attract industry that recycles or converts waste materials into energy.

This sounds very “green” but it involves destroying a large proportion of the existing woodland and replacing it with at least seven industrial areas.

The waste will be brought on to the site by road, with as many as 1,000 lorry movements per day.

The aim of recycling and reusing is something that most people will agree is a good thing.

However, destroying mature woodland in such a sensitive position is something most people would agree is not.

Northamptonshire is a net importer of waste. There is no need for more recycling facilities in the county to deal with our own waste.

This application claims it needs to be big to be economically viable but obviously the more low value greenfield land that can be converted into industrial land the bigger the profits for the landowner and developers.

Corby is unlikely to improve its reputation as a desirable place to live when it has destroyed a designated wildlife site and acres of established woodland and replaced them with a waste recycling plant.

The site is close to where people live and will bring in domestic and commercial rubbish to be dealt with by processes which sometimes fail, with very unpleasant consequences.

Residents of Rushton where the biomass plant failed can vouch for this.

My fear is that Corby councillors will be tempted by the buzz words of “green”, “modern”, “jobs” and “investment” and will not see that the destruction of acres of woodland on the escarpment of the Welland Valley will stand as a permanent reminder of Corby councillors’ failure to appreciate the value of their environment.

Ann Craske


There are other sites for plant

Countryfile showed views from Uppingham looking back over the Welland Valley towards Gretton and Corby.

People should know land adjoining Rockingham Forest is going to be removed of its trees, wildlife and replaced with a waste plant.

This plant will place a great strain on our road transit with a massive increase of HGVs traveling through our villages.

Destroying huge areas of woodland and killing dozens of animal species, some of which are protected. The visual impact will be significant and the risk of flooding greatly increased.

They have tried to sell it to community by saying it would increase jobs by 3,000 positions.

There are 12 brownfield site vacant venues that they have agreed would be suitable for this plant, but this greenfield site is cheaper, that is why they are fighting for this land and not taking the above concerns into consideration.

Amanda Dent


Pleased to see review changes

It was pleasing to read that the Healthier Together review has been dropped in favour of a more local approach.

The proposals for Kettering General Hospital were fatuous.

However, the process was instructive and should inform us about the manner in which decisions are made in the future.

It seems only right to acknowledge the courage and effort of Andy Sawford MP for pursuing the issue during the autumn before the by-election.

Credit too should go to Philip Hollobone MP and Peter Bone MP for joining the effort.

The comments by Dr Peter Wilczynski suggesting that they are now “building upon that” is merely a poorly constructed political response to the inevitable failure of an expensive process which should never have commenced in that form.

They key issue which has emerged is about who should be involved in the decision-making process. The leaking of a secret document would indicate that a number of clinicians were claiming a monopoly.

They forget that the NHS is essentially owned by, and financed by, the people.

While we might trust them with making clinical decisions about our individual health, we would not allow them any such control relating to access of distribution of the service.

The current privatisation of large parts of the NHS lends itself to vested interests for individuals and groups. We must hope lessons have been learned.

Eamonn Norton


This is how they are freezing tax

When they receive their council tax bills in the next few weeks, readers may be interested to know how the county council manages to keep its council tax to the same level as last year.

At its full council meeting on February 21, it passed its budget for 2013-14, which included wide-ranging cuts, both to staff, terms and conditions of ongoing staff and to services and the funding of charities.

For example, the number of social workers in the county is to be reduced, at a time when the demands on the council to deal with children in abusive families and the continuing problem of meeting the needs of the elderly are getting more intense, not less so.

In the county’s libraries, the numbers of professional and support staff are being cut, so that libraries are increasingly going to be dependant on volunteers to run a full service.

One role which is likely to be lost is that of “sound reads co-ordinator”, who ensures that all visually impaired people in the county have access to the Talking Books Service and the Talking Newspaper Service.

For those staff still able to hang on to their job with the county council, there is a very real risk of their pay and conditions being reduced, with less holidays, less pay, and stricter rules on sick pay being imposed.

These cuts are likely to mean more demands on the benefits system, as many workers will qualify for “in-work benefits”.

Charities funded or part-funded by the county council have been suffering cuts for several years but the latest cuts are cutting into the work of charities that have already suffered from swingeing cuts.

For instance, ACES, a social care service for elderly African and Caribbean residents, based in Northampton, is facing a £25,000 cut, having already suffered a £40,000 cut last year, which will make it unviable to continue.

These are just some of the cuts that will bite for people in Northamptonshire in 2013-14 and beyond, but of course, we’re all delighted to have no increase in our council tax, aren’t we?

Brenda McCraith


Put this policy firmly in the bin

I would like to add my support to that of Derek Clark, UKIP MEP, in condemning the proposed bedroom tax.

I find these proposals unbelievable in this day and age and would find it even harder to believe that any elected councillors would be prepared to apply it.

This is a step backwards and has discrimination written all over it.

Legislation demanding that you rent out your spare room in a rented council property or be victimised by the state and robbed of your benefits is absolutely disgraceful and should not be tolerated.

Older council properties have been paid for hundreds of times over and older generations should not be victimised or blackmailed.

A survey recently conducted in Scotland showed that eight out of 10 people will suffer because of this legislation by having their benefit cut by 14 per cent and these would be the elderly, the sick and disabled, simply due to the fact that they do not want to rent out their spare room or move to a smaller house.

The trauma and worry caused to very vulnerable people would be unimaginable and unnecessary. This is one piece of legislation that should go straight in the bin along with the politicians who thought it up.

P McGowan


Please police speed limits

I thought the reason 20mph limits were introduced was to protect the very young and elderly in built-up areas and housing estates?

Although councils have spent public money on appropriate road signs, neither they nor the police recognise them, which gives drivers carte blanche to drive at any speed they desire knowing there is little chance of being caught.

My wife and I live in Stanwell Way, Wellingborough, and have done so for more than 55 years. The street must be one of the worst in the town, maybe the county. It has only been resurfaced once in the time we have lived here.

We witness drivers on a daily basis driving well over speed limit and, even worse, using their mobile phones.

Unless a worthwhile deterrent is introduced, drivers will go on flouting the law and some poor child or elderly person will be maimed or even killed.

Keith Allen