Buttington Quarry - ERF

Received 18 May 2021
From Simon Darby


Dear Sir, Madam,

Reference: DNS/3214813 - Buttington Quarry ERF

Having lived in Trewern for the last fifteen years it has become increasingly obvious that the A458 is already at full capacity. Not a month goes by without an accident of some sort and there have been a number of fatal incidents in recent times.

Whether it is the topography, layout or mixture of HGV, agricultural or holiday traffic there can be no doubt that the stretch of road from Shrewsbury to Welshpool is at best suboptimal as we currently stand.

As such the plans to route hundreds of extra heavy lorries will exacerbate the situation whereby local people and holidaymakers alike are forced to travel in progressively hazardous and dangerous circumstances.

How that translates in the inevitable increase in serious road traffic accidents should not be overlooked. Those overseeing this thoroughly unwanted development have a duty of care not only to local people but also to the hundreds of thousands of tourists who use this stretch of road to access Wales as a whole.

Other residents have elaborated on the environmental issues, but I would specifically draw your attention to the increased heavy metal contamination that has been associated with the operation of similar incinerators across the world.

Both mercury and cadmium are extremely toxic causing a variety of serious health issues such as thrombosis, immune dysfunction, hypertension, glucose intolerance and renal failure.

Further studies have highlighted that even “state of the art” facilities are responsible for increased levels of dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls and furans in the immediate local area. These carcinogens can enter the food chain via absorption into eggs and meat having settled on grass and ground used by livestock.You will note that the location of the proposed site is also very close to the local school.

Local residents have a genuine fear and resentment towards this proposed development that transcends the usual knee-jerk “not in my backyard” reaction. It is grounded on the very real prospect that their lives and local environment could be damaged irreparably.

Yours Sincerely
Simon Darby