Splott incinerator plans referred to Welsh environment minister

May 16, 2012 3 Comments »

An artist’s impression of what the incinerator off Ocean Way could look like

The National Assembly’s petitions committee has referred the planning application for a giant waste incinerator in Splott to Environment Minister John Griffiths.

The committee wants him to look at the planning permission granted to Viridor and comment on whether the application process was carried out fairly and properly.

This follows a finding from the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales in March that Cardiff council had been guilty of “maladministration” after failing to consult some local residents about the plan.

The campaign group Cardiff Against the Incinerator (CATI) was pleased with the development, and its spokesman David Prosser said: “We have won another partial victory in our long battle against Viridor.

“But our test case proving failure to consult is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Local concerns about the impact of chimney emissions on children’s health, an extra 150-200 lorries a day using the incinerator and about the disposal of the toxic ash residue have been dismissed out of hand.”

CATI will also ask Mr Griffiths to consider whether what it called “grossly improper pressure” was placed on Cardiff council planning committee to grant planning permission in June 2010 when, it is alleged, the city’s planning officer told councillors that it would be “suicidal” not to do so.

The petitions committee decided it could not ask Mr Griffiths to call in the application for a full inquiry when planning permission had already been given.

“However, the Environment Minister can revoke planning permission under Section 3.10 of Planning Policy Wales where the original decision is found to be ‘grossly wrong’ and “damaging to the wider public interest”, Mr Prosser said.

Viridor is already preparing the site at Splott for construction work, which is due to begin in several weeks time.

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  1. John_t80 May 16, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Failure to consult – NONSENSE. I live in Cardiff Bay & Viridor sent me full details about 2 + years ago. They also invited me to a display of the proposal at a hotel. I went to the display & fully support what they are doing (I have a degree in Chemical Engineering), but VIRTUALLY NO LOCAL PEOPLE VISITED THIS PRESENTATION. Yes they did consult & you are protesting TOO LATE.

  2. John A Rickards May 16, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I live in the Splott area which as anyone that has lived here will know the prevailing winds come from the west and south west 90% of the time hence we here are going to get the brunt of the smells foul air and lung damage should it occur?
    I as an individual not a member of any lobby wrote to the Welsh office to have this abomination stopped when it was first proposed, I have a degree in COMMON SENSE……………

  3. Dave May 17, 2012 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I also live in the Splott area and as far as I know nobody in our vicinity was consulted. I went to a consultation by the environmental ageny which appeared to be heavily biased in Viridors favour. This was before planning permission was given. As Mr Rickards says, we are prone to pevalent South Westerly winds and we may get the brunt of any pollution, but East to South Easterly winds tend to happen in high pressure when the air is sinking and will dump the lot on Cardiff centre and the Bay. I cannot understand why people want an incinerator so close to the now beautiful city of Cardiff and Bay with the new film studio that is starting to put Cardiff well and truly on the map. I wonder if they were consulted?

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