The expansion of the Port of Tyne Biomass Facility
If the biofuel protest lobby in the US and Canada get their way this source of biomass will dry up and we upset Mr Putin the sources in Siberia will stop tomorrow but that is for the people who invest in the Port of Tyne to worry about.
What is of concern for some residents are the consequences of the expansion which required the lengthening of River Quay and the closure of Tyne Dock.
One in particular is the displacement of a ship repair to a primarily residential area across town.
To: “concerns@HSE.gsi.gov.uk” <concerns@HSE.gsi.gov.uk>
Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014, 15:27
Subject: Nuisance at Tyne Slipway
I understand you spoke to my wife earlier today re nuisance at Tyne Slipway.
As well as unacceptable levels of noise from around 8.00 a.m. at one point an operative began to dismantle a fibre glass speed boat in the open yard using what appeared to be an angle grinder. This added to the noise but also created fibre glass dust which was not contained. This activity took place less than 30m from residential properties in Harbour View.
When I challenged the behaviour I was told (by somebody senior on the site) that it was an industrial site and I should expect this sort of thing. I stated thata this was in fact a residential area and we intended to do everything in our power to protect our rights.
He told me to ‘ring the council’ in a tone that indicated that in his opinion the authorities were powerless and our rights were unimportant.
I attach a screen shot from some video footage of the aforesaid unacceptable activity (the file size means I can’t send the footage itself)
I’d be grateful if you could confirm receipt and indicate the action that you intend to take.
Subject: Re: A dailymail.co.uk article regarding breaking planning
Date: 8 March 2014 13:12:48 GMT
Dear M -in my conversation with Peter Cunningham recently he agreed that the structure is taller and wider than the one which had permission. However he said there was not enough difference in which to enforce removal etc. He also stated that his department would ensure that all of the neighbours were informed if further planning permission was sought. He also informed me that the MOD contract was for small vessels i.e. Navy patrol boats and canoes etc from Army and that no steel work would be carried out.
However even though our conversation was pleasant enough – my fears are not allayed regards Evelyn
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