There are 2 local public consultations open at the moment that could have implications regarding the Covanta Incinerator development.
East West Rail – Western Section Phase 2 Public Consultation – the latest Covanta Community Liasion panel minutes record Network Rail have confirmed they are upgrading the rail crossing – which will then be remotely operated from the signal box. However – this will increase the time the barriers are down to 5 minutes each time. Additional queueing of waste HGV’s has implications for traffic using Green Lane to enter Stewartby and increased diesel emissions for the area including the nearby Kimberley College.
Despite the increased development and one of the largest Incinerators in the UK proposed for Central Beds and Bedford Borough – only 2 road-bridges are planned – at Marston Road Lidlington and Manor Road Kempston Hardwick. Looking through the consultation documents there appears to be no mention of the Incinerator and therefore presumably no consideration regarding the impact of emissions the lack of bridges together with increased rail traffic will cause.
Local Development Plan – Public Consultation – lots of sites have been put forward for development in Marston Vale villages as well as a bid for 4 completely new villages in between Marston Moretaine and Brogborough. The Vale has seen considerable development already in the last few years and the road network is already under strain. The implications of the proposed plans will increase traffic using already congested A421 and local roads. The emissions of the increased traffic will – of course – raise the overall emissions level on top of the proposed Incinerator HGV and stack emissions.
More details – Marston Moreteyne Action Group website https://mmetag.wordpress.com/
View Consultation Documents and submit comments – http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/local-plan/landing.aspx