Ford’s councillors object to waste plan

The former Tarmac Topblock site in Ford could be used for an incinerator
The former Tarmac Topblock site in Ford could be used for an incinerator

STRONG objections to a proposed waste plant at Ford have been made by parish councillors.

They have told West Sussex County Council the scheme by Grundon Waste Management should be scrapped for 39 reasons.

As reported, Grundon wants to build the incinerator at the former Tarmac Topblock site on Ford Airfield Industrial Estate for 250,000 tons of waste a year delivered by 54 lorries daily.

Parish council clerk Lisa Wilcock, in a letter to the county council which will decide the matter, states: “This is in addition to the 100,000 tons agreed at the Viridor site (also in Ford).

“Add to this the other waste sites that are currently operating at Ford. The narrow roads and lanes are incapable of safely dealing with additional traffic.

“Examination of the highway already shows extensive roadside damage to the verges, boundaries and embankments.

“Road surfaces are badly damaged from the weight of vehicles. They are historic, narrow roads not designed or built to carry such heavy loads and volumes of traffic.”

Mrs Wilcock also reports the parish councillors’ concerns about the potential health risk of an incinerator in the village.

“The building of an incinerator is widely reported to have major health implications.

“It is simply not good enough to build such polluting establishments without making the population at risk aware.

“West Sussex has the ability to regulate the emissions of any such waste incinerator systems and should insist on the best available technology emissions control.

“This should mean the best available technology in the world,” she states.

She says the impact of the emissions on people is still unknown, to make the county council cautious.

“West Sussex County Council has a duty of care to its residents and must prioritise this over any company’s need and desire to make a profit when deciding any planning decision,” she writes.

Any planning consent should ban the importing of waste to the incinerator from outside West Sussex to limit HGV movements around the village.