Mor Hafren: Energy Recovery Facility

Received 21 November 2020
From Catherine Weymouth


I strongly object to the proposed Mor Hafren plans to be approved for the following reasons;

Air Quality is currently of a poor standard in Cardiff, one of the worst in the country affecting the general health of the local population. And in our area of Rumney, the fact that we have a composting facility, recycling site, steel works and already an incinerator which is a few miles away can only make the air quality and pollution in this area badly affected. The Mor Hafren incinerator would further worsen the air quality, with the smoke plume and contamination, which is yet to be declared. The site is next to a wind turbine that would force the smoke plume down closer to ground levels. Within the close vicinity there are residential housing and a number of schools - the potential toxic air would be severely harmful to the children and residents, many who are elderly and vulnerable. In this age of covid19 polluted areas were thought to have a higher number of cases and the R number was found to be higher where particles of pollution were higher than those living in areas with a cleaner sky. (Washington University, St Louis)

Transportation of the “fuel” for the site would be via already congested, unsuitable road infrastructure- the number of heavy goods vehicles would exacerbate the air quality issue. The roads are unable to cope in normal times and the pollution caused by many lorries would further pollute the air quality.
The site itself is on a SSI area with a bio diverse water system. The potential contamination of which and the disturbance of the wildlife would be almost a foregone conclusion and the area would probably not recover. The site itself is out of context for the area being almost three time’s higher than any other structure in the panorama which is mainly flat land. The site would have a visual impact and would undoubtedly be classed as another eyesore to our area of East Cardiff.
The East of Cardiff, Rumney especially has done its part in the disposal of waste area. The areas of Rumney, Trowbridge and St Mellons are officially classed as deprived. The areas should be benefitting from the right development- in jobs/ enrichment of the environment for living, work and leisure. The proposal offers none of the above only further pushing the deprivation and lowering the standard of life.

I also think there are now better ways to reduce our waste than incinerate and this facility would not be in keeping with the government’s policies on climate change. I am sure you are aware of the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere and new technology is being developed, therefore this energy recovery facility(incinerator) is outdated before it is being considered. There will be an impact on our children and population in the local area by a facility that will be antiquated and will be replaced by better and cleaner alternatives due to the climate change options.
I trust and hope that my objection will be duly recorded and carefully considered as once this huge facility is built and the area and infrastructure overwhelmed, and health affected it will be too late.