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Damian Hinds MP and County Councillors to object to Veolia incinerator proposal

A news article published on Damian Hinds' official website states that the Member of Parliament for East Hampshire, alongside three County Councillors, Mark Kemp-Gee, Andrew Joy and Adam Carew, will each be lodging objections to Veolia’s plans to convert its recycling facility on the A31 near Alton into an incinerator.

They join hundreds of local residents who have already submitted official objections to Hampshire County Coucil regarding the proposal for the industrial incinerator in a rural area.

Damian said: “As the facility is intended to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over a period of about 30 years, it is important that as many members of the public as possible participate in the current public consultation so their views count in the decision-making process. For this kind of facility, I believe there must be more suitable locations than here.”

Cllr Mark Kemp-Gee commented: “The scale and scope of the building, with a roof height of 40 metres and two 80-metre chimney stacks, in that countryside setting is, in my view, totally inappropriate and will have a distinctly adverse effect on the local communities that I serve.”

Cllr Andrew Joy said:“Many Alton residents are concerned about the possible impact in terms of noise, odour, atmospheric emissions, light pollution and increased HGV movements.  It is vitally important that these and other environmental factors are all carefully scrutinised during determination of this application.”

Cllr Adam Carew added: “This application is in the wrong place; it is for commercial not domestic waste.  The sheer industrial scale of the plant so close to the National Park plus the associated lorry movements through our towns and villages is unacceptable.  Incineration may be preferable to landfill but air pollution is now a national concern.  It must be opposed.”

To make your voice heard in the public consultation for Veolia's planning application, you need to object now. Hampshire County Council's public consultation closes on 14th August.

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