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