Power plan gen­er­ates ob­jec­tions

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fer­gus McEwan

PLANS to build an elec­tric­ity sta­tion on farm­land in Cron­dall has res­i­dents up in arms.

Prime En­ergy De­vel­op­ment has ap­plied to Hart District Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to build an emer­gency fa­cil­ity on land at Bar­ley Pound Farm in Wim­ble Hill, which would boost the lo­cal elec­tric­ity sup­ply net­work dur­ing times of peak de­mand.

The com­pany de­scribed the fa­cil­ity as a com­pound on hard­stand­ing, con­tain­ing 14 gen­er­a­tors plus other equip­ment in­clud­ing diesel stor­age tanks and a con­trol room. It will be fenced off and mon­i­tored by CCTV cam­eras.

It would typ­i­cally op­er­ate for two to four hours per day on win­ter evenings, and up to 500 hours per year in to­tal.

The ap­pli­cant as­sured the coun­cil that the plant, in the corner of a field next to Dip­pen­hall Road, was al­ready screened by trees on two sides and a new hedgerow would be planted to hide it en­tirely from view.

One Cron­dall res­i­dent said: “No part of this pro­posal has shown that this de­vel­op­ment is nec­es­sary. It would re­sult in un­nec­es­sary de­vel­op­ment out­side any set­tle­ment bound­ary and rep­re­sents an un­war­ranted in­tru­sion into the coun­try­side.”

He ar­gued the fa­cil­ity would ‘ ad­versely af­fect the views from the vil­lage to the hori­zon for a large num­ber of res­i­dents’.

“The roads to and from the vil­lage are a death trap at the best of time but will be made only more lethal by the huge fuel tankers that would use the ru­ral sin­gle- track roads,” he added.

A fel­low vil­lager said: “The pro­posed site is to­tally un­suit­able. Elec­tri­cal plants should be built on brown­field or in­dus­trial sites, not on farm­land. I’m sur­prised the coun­cil is even con­sid­er­ing this pro­posal. The in­for­ma­tion on noise pol­lu­tion is very un­clear. If there is to be any low- level noise, that would have a huge neg­a­tive im­pact on wildlife and hu­mans alike. Any in­crease in toxic chem­i­cals is wholly un­de­sir­able too.”

An­other ob­jec­tor said: “Diesel is highly pol­lut­ing. It seems a com­pletely back­ward step in de­ploy­ing a ‘ dirty’ tech­nol­ogy and seems to fly in the face of the re­gion’s com­mit­ment to non­pol­lut­ing tech­nolo­gies.”

Other let­ters of ob­jec­tion in­sisted the pro­posed fa­cil­ity would be a ‘ blot on an oth­er­wise idyl­lic land­scape’ and, given its lo­ca­tion on a hill, noise would be ‘ am­pli­fied and car­ried for miles, af­fect­ing houses in the gen­eral area and Cron­dall’.

A spokesman for Prime En­ergy said: “As we have said, this small unit won’t run of­ten ( in win­ter months) as it’s a ‘ back- up’ emer­gency gen­er­a­tor in the same way as hos­pi­tals, gov­ern­ment build­ings and or­gan­i­sa­tions like the BBC have their own backup gen­er­a­tors on- site.

“The lo­ca­tion of the unit has been care­fully examined and we have as­sessed a range of en­vi­ron­men­tal and tech­ni­cal is­sues which are de­tailed in our plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Hart District Coun­cil.

“We have seen the com­ments made by some lo­cal peo­ple and in our view our ap­pli­ca­tion has ad­dressed each of their points.”

To see the plans, go to www. hart. gov. uk and search for 16/ 02005/ FUL. AN Alder­shot char­ity is leap­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing more so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties for dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple fol­low­ing its fam­ily fun day.

Hun­dreds of vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing Jas­mine ( pic­tured above) made their way to Princes Gar­dens to ex­plore the many ac­tiv­i­ties and stalls put on by char­ity Step by Step, with £ 1,952.60 raised – £ 800 of which was do­nated by Base­point Cam­ber­ley.

Lisa Chrichard, a sup­port worker in the Sup­ported Lodg­ings Ser­vice, was the main or­gan­iser. She said: “No mat­ter how much we raised, it doesn’t ac­tu­ally mat­ter be­cause you all put 100% into the have helped in ways.

“The aim was to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether, raise aware­ness of Step by Step, in­volve the young peo­ple and make some money.

“We def­i­nitely achieved that, as well as hav­ing fun.” day and so many

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