Letter: We must protect our environment

Anaerobic digestion has not produced one molecule of energy which is carbon efficient.

This environmentally invasive process viciously disturbs countryside environments and has six serious disadvantages that will industrialise Holme on Spalding Moor, eliminate its serenity and devastate residents quiet enjoyment, in my view.

• Huge numbers of HGV’s importing equipment and feedstock and exporting waste, pollute with noise, smell, destruction of roads and verges and endangering residents.

• Noise from plant and machinery moving massive tonnages of feedstock and waste.

• Flare burning, release of noxious chemicals and methane exacerbating global temperatures.

• Rural East Riding’s countryside ruined under more concrete, plant, buildings and thousands of tons of imported waste.

• Millions of litres of lorry and plant diesel and plant construction conveniently left out of the carbon calculation.

• Poor safety record: Harper Adams University showpiece plant is now decommissioned after two catastrophic explosions.

The applicant seeking to dispose of imported waste at Holme on Spalding Moor cannot identify suitable friendly sites close to the point of production of the waste.

Studies in the USA have proposed four safeguards: independent supervision, a Local Plan, sufficient separation between anaerobic digestion plant and homes, and all sites with safe transport connections.

Unfortunately, none of these safeguards will be introduced in Holme on Spalding Moor.

Waste disposal regulations are not robust, there have been a catalogue of breaches in East Yorkshire, the majority of which the Environment Agency did nothing about (Newport, Great Heck, Breighton et al.)

The waste disposal site on Howden Road, less than one mile from Park Farm is now the subject of a massive Environment Agency prosecution. The planning process has not been open or straightforward, much relevant information has been withheld or unavailable, planners being unprepared and wilfully ignoring residents who have resorted to the Freedom of Information Act.

The Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee found “the system governing Waste Disposal in England is far from satisfactory at present” and that “the regulations governing Waste Disposal will continue to be inadequate.”

Regulations provide the framework for the Industry, a set of rules maintaining a clear conscience for the planners and applicants alike: a box-ticking exercise. No regulations exist to protect Holme on Spalding Moor residents.

There are many Holme on Spalding Moor residents who have formally objected to the Park Farm proposal, residents who are custodians of the East Riding, who enjoy the values their forbears entrusted to them and who have conserved the beauty and structured confidence of rural life. We owe to our children the right to live in our beloved, inherited parish, a balance of residential, agricultural, woodland and ecological environment protected from the idustrialisation threatened by developments like Park Farm.

Gordon Hawcroft

Howden Road,

Holme on Spalding Moor