The peo­ple have spo­ken

Shep­per­ton: Po­lit­i­cal par­ties set aside their dif­fer­ences to join the pub­lic in con­demn­ing plan for Eco Park by and

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - Natasha Sal­mon Ge­orgina Town­shend

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES of ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party for once stood side by side on Satur­day – united in their op­po­si­tion to the planned eco-park. They joined hun­dreds of pro­test­ers at the Charl­ton Lane dump in Shep­per­ton to make clear their op­po­si­tion to the scheme. Car horns tooted and pro­test­ers chanted and held signs above their heads, with Sur­rey County Coun­cil, SITA and the eco-park it­self the sub­jects of their ire. Long stand­ing cam­paigner Adrian Corti was amazed by the stand of sol­i­dar­ity – and par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the cross party support of bor­ough and county coun­cil­lors. “There were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tory, Labour, Lib Dem, Green, Spelthorne In­de­pen­dent and UKIP present, all fight­ing for the same thing; to stop this,” he said. “Where else would you see ri­val par­ties protest­ing to­gether to stop one evil?

“The size of this demo has shaken a few peo­ple into ac­tion, and bucked a few ideas up.” Rose­mary Wheeler or­gan­ised the protest, along with the Spelthorne Against the Eco Park group. She said: “There must have been 350-400 peo­ple and I am over the moon.

“I did not ex­pect that many. “I have lived in Shep­per­ton my whole life and brought up my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren here. This is to pro­tect them. “This fight is against Sur­rey County Coun­cil’s bull­doz­ing the eco-park into Shep­per­ton and also rais­ing aware­ness be­cause I don’t think peo­ple know what is com­ing.” Pol­lu­tion is one of the big­gest fears – es­pe­cially after a re­port by Pub­lic Health Eng­land al­ready named Spelthorne as the third high­est in the South East for pol­lu­tant-re­lated deaths. Speak­ing of the eco-park scheme, pro­tester David Muir, from Shep­per­ton, said: “I can’t make sense of it re­ally. We are in the third most pol­luted area in the South East, so why put an in­cin­er­a­tor in the same area? “It doesn’t make sense at all. It’s a bad move.” A Mr Stevens, of Hawthorne Av­enue, who lives just 100 me­tres from the site said this is go­ing to af­fect more than just house prices. We adopt and foster chil- dren for Sur­rey County Coun­cil yet they are build­ing this next to our house. My son will be un­able to sit in the back gar­den due to pre-ex­ist­ing health is­sues. “If they want us to look after th­ese chil­dren what kind of life is that?” Po­lice manned peace­ful protest at en­trance to the dump. UKIP Sur­rey county coun­cil­lor Daniel Jenk­ins, the the said res­i­dents had made their views clear.

“It’s es­pe­cially bad be­cause the res­i­dents have al­ways been op­posed to it,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to in­crease the HGVs com­ing through the area and in­crease pol­lu­tion. What we would pre­fer to see is a higher level of re­cy­cling. “This is an un­wanted project, which has been dumped on the peo­ple of Spelthorne.” Sur­rey County Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee was last night (Wed­nes­day) due to re­con­sider the Eco Park ap­pli­ca­tion fol­low­ing newly-sub­mit­ted ma­te­rial from Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil. Visit www.get­sur­rey.co. uk or see next week’s Her­ald & News for a re­port on the meet­ing.

There were plenty of young faces among pro­test­ers.

The strength of lo­cal feel­ing was clear from the hun­dreds protest­ing at the Charl­ton Lane site.

Hard-hit­ting hand-held signs.

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