20 Days to Fight the Permit – SNOW Campaign Update by Tim Lee

Clean Power

Now that the Environment Agency have sent a circular letter to 700 families, it’s important for there to be a proper public response (else the EA will think no-one cares), so we now need to move with some speed.

This is particularly important, because we think the EA’s information sheet is misleading, by continually referring to plans for an “incinerator”, and virtually ignoring the fact that the plans include an anaerobic digester.

Individual letters of comments/protest to the Environment Agency need to be in by 20 July.

To update you on campaign plans:

  1. Still under the SNOW* banner, we are calling this part of the campaign “20 Days to Fight the Permit”.
  2. We will launch at the Community Forum this Tuesday (notice attached) – anyone can turn up to the Forum and raise questions of local importance, so we thought SNOW* should be there and ask a number of questions, perhaps on the following lines:

a. are the Council aware that residents’ opposition to the plans for the waste site are as strong as ever?

b. will the Council be making comments and representation to the EA. If so, will residents be able to see the draft proposals and provide input?

c. SNOW is today launching its “20 Days to Fight the Permit” campaign, which includes:
* ensuring residents understand Clean Power’s plans have not changed
* collecting letters signed by local residents
* distributing posters
* a petition

  • can Councillors confirm they support the campaign, and what support can they provide?

d. do Councillors have any further plans to oppose this development?

I can’t make that particular meeting, but it would be really helpful if as many as possible (at such short notice) could be there – Cllr. Rachel Harris will be there – could one or two volunteer to ask the questions?

  1. Getting signatures

I’ve drafted a letter of objection for individuals and families to sign, and Lorna has volunteered to liaise to organise the deliveries/collections of signed letters. We have a database of core supporters, and we can concentrate on those, and, perhaps, ask them to see if they could get signatures from neighbours and friends, to “cascade” the effort. We can also deliver an update newsletter, making it clear that CP’s plans have not changed.

We’ll get things under way by mid week.

Rachel will have a word with the Indoor Market to see whether they might agree to help as before.

I know that some of us are on holiday about this time, so anyone knows anyone else willing to lend a hand please email/telephone me/Lorna (01384 936 652).

Just to confirm, we need to get the letters to the EA by 20 July, so target date is Friday 18 July – time’s limited, but we’re used to that!

Tim Lee
SNOW* Spokesperson

Website: http://www.brierleyhillsnow.info/
Twitter: @BrierleyHillSNO
Facebook: BrierleyHillSnow

Update on the Clean Power application


Say No to Waste (SNOW) campaign continues as new  hazardous waste threat emerges
Say No to Waste (SNOW) campaign continues as new hazardous waste threat emerges

Although they have withdrawn from the Planning Inquiry it appears that Clean Power have not given up their attempt to develop a waste disposal site on Moor Street but are now trying a different route. The permit request covers hazardous waste which is very worrying as it may have  implications beyond the previous planning application (see notification below). Apologies if you are already on the EA circulation list.

The core SNOW* campaign committee is meeting this week to consider how we can continue to fight this.

Best wishes

Rachel Harris

Please accept my apologies – there was an error in my last email. The
application is to process hazardous waste – not non hazardous waste. Please
see revised email below.
Dear Cllr Harris

You may be aware that we have received an application for an environmental
permit to operate an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) to incinerate* and
process hazardous waste at a site on Moor Street, Brierley Hill, in the West
Midlands. The application has been made by Clean Power (UK) Ltd.

The consultation will open on Friday 23 May 2014 and close on Monday 30

You can view the application for free by visiting the below offices: 

The Environment Agency                  
Sentinel House
9 Wellington Crescent
Fradley Park
WS13 8RR

Tel: 03708 506 506
Opening times: 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 
Ground Floor Reception
4 Ednam Road
West Midlands 

Opening times: 8.45am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday

If you wish to view the application at the Environment Agency’s Lichfield
office please call ahead to avoid disappointment. You can also request a CD
by calling into one of the above offices or by calling the public register
co-ordinator on 01543 404971. CDs are subject to availability.

All responses will be reviewed in detail. They will help us to decide
whether to grant the permit and, if we do, what conditions we would need to
impose to adequately protect the environment and human health.

Comments on the environmental permit application can be made via the
following routes:

Permitting Support Centre (EP Team)
Environment Agency
Quadrant 2
99 Parkway Avenue
Parkway Business Park
S9 4WF

Email: psc@environment-agency.gov.uk   

Further information about the Clean Power (UK) Ltd proposal is also
available on our website at

Clean Power (UK) Ltd will need to obtain planning permission from Dudley
Metropolitan Borough Council before this plant can be built. The planning
process determines whether the development is an acceptable use of land and
considers a broad range of matters such as visual impact, need for the
development, traffic and access – all of which does not form part of our
decision-making process.

Yours sincerely 

David Hudson
Environment Manager
Midlands – Central Area

Brierley Hill anti-waste campaign, SNOW, calls public meeting 4th June

SNOW.jpgOn Wednesday 4th June at 7.00pm, Brierley Hill SNOW* Campaign have called a public meeting to be held at Hawbush Primary School, Hawbush Road, Brierley Hill DY5 3NH. All welcome.

SNOW* is campaigning against plans for a new waste site in Moor Street.

On 17 June, the Public Inquiry, set up to hear Clean Power’s appeal against Dudley Council’s refusal of planning permission for the waste site, begins at the Council House, Dudley.

Everyone interested in the outcome of the Public Inquiry should make time to come along to the meeting on 4th June, to find out how SNOW*s campaign is developing, and the next steps to be taken.