Dear Mr Shuker,
Thank you for your letter of the 1st.
I note that the proposed Rivenhall Waste Management Facility
is discussed in your Environmental Assessment Report because your proposals for
the A120 Braintree to Marks Tey interact with this scheme. I also note that the
Route Option Study was carried out by Essex County Council, in conjunction with
its term consultants Mouchel, and that the waste management facility is an
Essex County Council scheme.
This is a conflict of interests, i.e. as Essex County
Council is proposing the waste management facility at Rivenhall Airfield, this
is going to influence its route option study. Whilst I accept that the
Rivenhall Airfield schemes are not part of a ‘hidden agenda’ they are certainly
very much on the agenda!
Your comment about the ‘environmental return’ offered by the
southern route is most perplexing. The Proposed Southern Route requires 122.4
ha of land take, more than each of the other three options, and consequently is
the most environmentally damaging of all the options! The choice of the
Proposed Southern Route points to covert manoeuvrings between the Highways
Agency and Essex County Council.
I know that the A120 is a central government provision but
that does not prove that there has been no influence from Essex County Council
regarding the chosen route and the waste management proposal. In addition, I do
feel that the Highways Agency has already made up its mind on the route to be
chosen – one of your representatives at the Exhibition in Braintree even
referred to the Proposed Southern Route as the ‘chosen’ route!
I am surprised to hear that you ‘would resist any proposals
for direct access on to a new A120.’ Whilst your summary of the proposal does
state that the only access will be via the two end junctions, it has since been
reported that there will be an option on slip roads being added, though they
will not be funded by the Highways Agency.
Can you confirm that no one, be it Essex County Council, or
any other body will have the option of paying for a slip road on to the new
A120? In particular, can you confirm that a slip road will not be allowed for
the proposed Rivenhall Waste Management Facility? If planning permission is
granted for this scheme, it is not creditable that finances would not be
available to build a slip road. At the present time, the waste facility is an
Essex County council scheme but it was part of the N.F.F.O. regime and the
proposed major waste incinerator was supported by central government, as is the
A120! See below:
ROLE OF ENERGY FROM WASTE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION
4.2 Energy from waste
has been the principal beneficiary of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO), a
regime that has done much to encourage private sector take-up of first
generation EfW technology—mass burn incineration.
I am surprised that you are not aware of this.
I struggle to see how this area will retain its rural
character against the pressure for urbanisation!
In view of the fact that the deadline is fast approaching, I
look forward to receiving a prompt reply responding to the above points.
Robert J. Lambert.