Some of you have received a flyer through your letterbox from Veolia. Others haven’t – seems the company’s idea of who is interested is less than ours. If you didn’t receive it, click here to see a copy.
There are two points in this note today. First, if you want to register a protest at not being included in the maildrop, email Veolia’s current communications person (NOT the one who came to the Grandstand) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In fact, please do this whether you really want to protest or not. Let Ms. Cooper see the strength of opposition by filling her email inbox.
Then second, the company is offering an ‘Open Day’ (see under ‘Want To Know More?’ on the flyer). It’s a strange sort of open day – it’s only four hours (11am – 3pm), and on a Monday, when many people are at work anyway. And it’s only small groups at a time, and you have to make an appointment. If you think this is not the best way to work, why not email Victoria about that too, and say ‘Let’s have a proper public meeting, and make it at a time we can attend!’ We at StopVeolia have challenged the company to organise just such a meeting, but help us by showing them you think so too.
If you think you would like to attend, be aware of some key points you may want to ask. And start by being sure this is NOT a new planning application, it’s an appeal, so Veolia is fighting for exactly the same plan that was refused in February. So…
- all you can possibly see on site is what has been there for some time. That is planned to stay. Anything new they want is AS WELL AS anything you might be shown. The plan that was refused has all this continuing exactly as it does now
- if Veolia starts talking about new elements, tell them it doesn’t sound like an appeal, it sounds like a completely new application
ask about the size of lorry, not the number of ‘movements’. Our understanding is there will be much larger trucks coming in and out – and they will be heavily loaded with rubbish both as they come in, and when they go out again
- between times, the trucks will be tipped out and rubbish sorted, treated, and re-loaded. Ask about the size of building they’ll be doing this in – and how this size compares with the adjacent houses. (It’s higher than the chimneys next door, and much wider.)
- their flyer says they will not operate at night – but their application was for a 24/7 licence. Do you believe them? Do you trust them?
There may be much more you’ll want to ask – which is why we at StopVeolia are pushing for a public meeting one evening. If Veolia agrees to this, be sure we’ll let you know where and when. But why not email Victoria (as above) and tell her this is what you want too?
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