Planning Application CW8/0721/18

Trowel Parish Council objection letter  for planning application CW8/0721/18
This application to remove a restrictive planning condition appears to be an application to legalise something that Johnsons have been carrying out for a number of years.
The mountain of Incinerator bottom ash (IBA) that is currently on site has been allowed to accumulate with little regard to the affect it has had on the residents of Trowell. Living in Trowell currently appears to replicate the conditions suffered by people living close to Active Volcanoes. Anything, left out in either a front or back garden is constantly affected by dust. Eating outside in the summer months is impossible, tables, chairs and food are quickly contaminated by dust.
The IBA mountain also has a very offensive odour, which has been noticed over 2 miles from the site.
We know that the dust and odour come from this site. The tall chimney stack always indicates when the site is in operation. As soon as it stops this indication the odour and the dust disappear.
The 3-paragraph supporting statement added below, seems to indicate that Johnsons are either unaware or do not care about the issues that they inflict on Trowell Residents daily.
As a Parish Council we believe that we have a duty to protect the health and amenity of our residents, as do Erewash Borough Council, The Environment Agency and Derbyshire County Council. Hence our decision to strongly oppose any further development of Johnsons business.
This application should not be passed until Johnsons can quite clearly demonstrate that all of their current operations are under control. Any dust or odour produced as part of their processes, should be contained within the curtilage of their land.
As this is an airborne issue, the prevailing wind direction is from Johnson’s site to our village so while not constantly an issue it is nevertheless an issue around 70-80% of the year, making life unbearable, it limits residents garden usage and necessitates frequent cleaning especially of vehicles and garden furniture.
Cars have streaks in the windscreens that appear to be etched into the glass (which cannot be cleaned off), one resident installed a new copper beehive roof which became oxidised in the space of only 4 weeks exposure indicating an oxidation/reduction effect of the dust.
This has alarming implications for our health as we breath that dust in. When the wind is blowing from the direction of the Johnsons site, everyone keeps their windows closed.
Municipal solid waste incineration produces a non-combustible by-product known as incinerator bottom ash (IBA). Increase in waste production leads to increase in bottom ash, which raises environmental concerns and management issues. The parameters and properties of bottom ash are in close agreement with those of aggregates used in concrete making, bottom ash has been adopted for reutilization in civil engineering (this is why Johnsons process it)
The typical chemical constituents of incinerator bottom ash are shown below. One of the main constituents of Incinerator bottom ash is Calcium Oxide, this can form Calcium Hydroxide, when heated and particles are released into the air. Worryingly, heavy metals such as Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Nickel and Lead are also present.
Calcium Hydroxide
Calcium hydroxide, or lime, is a common cause of alkali injury in the construction workplace. It is a white powdered or granular solid that is used to make plaster, cement, mortar, and whitewash. Since calcium hydroxide exists in a particulate form, it is commonly retained in the eye (particularly beneath the upper eyelid) and provides a continuous source of exposure. Fortunately, it penetrates the eye much more slowly than ammonium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide, forming insoluble calcium soaps during saponification of cell membrane fatty acids. The calcium soaps precipitate and make penetration of the cornea more difficult. Consequently, lime causes many of the superficial complications seen following other strong alkali injuries, but deeper structures, such as the iris and lens, are routinely spared.
Although calcium hydroxide causes eye injuries that tend to be less severe than those of ammonium or sodium hydroxide, it promotes corneal opacification more quickly than other alkalis. More severe injuries occur when the pH is 12 or higher.
5.1.1 This supporting statement supports a planning application to remove a restrictive planning condition preventing the storing of recycled material above the Nutbrook Culvert at the Johnsons Aggregates & Recycling Limited’s incinerator bottom ash (IBA) processing and recycling facility at the former Small Valves Building and disused rifle range, Quarry Hill Industrial Estate, off Merlin Way, Ilkeston, Derbyshire.
5.1.2 The condition as imposed places a significant obstacle to the efficient running of the site on the operator and significant on-site improvements to stockpiling could be achieved by removing this condition. The Applicant has engaged a structural engineer to consider the impacts of removing the condition, which has concluded that it would be safe and reasonable to remove the condition.
5.1.3 It is considered that there are no material considerations to warrant a negative decision. The proposal accords with an up-to-date Development Plan and, therefore, it is respectfully submitted that the proposed development should be allowed and planning permission granted.
As we have said many times, we do not object to business growth. It’s vital for the local economy and employment. However, such growth should not be at the expense of the health and amenity of residents living almost a mile away from the site.
The fact that we are suffering from this issue, whilst almost a mile away, gives a very clear indication that something needs to be done about the process carried out on that site by Johnsons.
What we all find particularly annoying is:- It would appear that we, the residents have to do the research into the harmful effects of the processes carried out by Johnsons. Rather than the agencies whose main function is to ensure that such industrial processes do not cause harm to the General Public’
Kind regards
Don Pringle
Vice Chair Trowell Parish Council
Broxtowe Borough Councillor for the Ward of Cossall, Awsworth and Trowell