Friday, 3 May 2013

Deptford/New Cross Chemical Waste Plant Update May 2013 . Labour Ignore residents Concerns to support application.



 Dear Readers,
                     Whilst huge numbers expressed concerns about yet another toxic time bomb being dumped on Deptford & New Cross Residents, Labour have yet again ignored local residents,  pointing to the fact it seems that during the resent by election People Before Profit Campaigned opposing the plans.
 However local residents had a choice and voted  Labour who have said they do not object.

 You the Voter have the power .. you just need to use it .




As part of our joint regulatory work in the Deptford Cluster, we committed to providing you with regular updates on issues that you might want more information on or that may have an impact on your local community.


1.     Hinkcroft Transport Ltd-  Environmental Permit Variation Application:

The original consultation period for the variation application from Hinkcroft Transport Ltd ended on 14 March 2013. As you may be aware during the consultation period we jointly (with London Borough of Lewisham Environmental Health) met with the local residents of Greenland Mews and arranged a subsequent site visit to Landmann Way to address their concerns and allow the operator to give more information on how the site operates.

Having listened to the community and, worked with the operator to address their concerns raised through the consultation,  we have taken the decision to grant the permit variation to Hinkcroft Transport Ltd.

This variation will allow Hinkcroft Transport Ltd to process sterilised clinical waste (combustible waste) and interior material (frag) from cars. However, this variation will not increase the waste tonnage that can be accepted at the site and the operator has reduced the amount of food waste stored in light of previous amenity complaints from odour from this source of waste.

Within this consolidated permit we have included a number of time limited improvement conditions (Table S1.3 in the consolidated permit attachment) which will require Hinkcroft Transport Ltd to improve site infrastructure and pest control measures e.g. from birds.

I have attached all the relevant documents relating to this variation application for your information (the consolidated permit, the decision document and the amenity management summary).

If you wish to find more information about how we make our decisions please look at the following link:


2.     Mobile Plant Deployment- The Silwood Triangle, Railway Sidings Development:

As you may also be aware, a change of use planning permission has been granted for the development of a railway sidings on the Silwood Triangle land.

Although we had no direct role as a statutory consultee in the planning process or determination, Dunton Environmental Ltd have recently applied to us for a mobile plant environmental permit deployment.

What is a mobile plant permit? Operators who want to treat contaminated soil and/ or contaminated waters, so it can be safely used again, need an environmental permit. This type of environmental permit is called a mobile plant permit and to have one of these permits at a particular site the operator must submit a site-specific deployment application (a deployment form and supporting information).

The deployment application form details site specific information and potential impacts from the proposed use of the mobile plant. Via the supporting information the operator must demonstrate that the activity will not cause pollution of the environment, harm to human health or serious detriment to the amenities of the locality.

We have reviewed this deployment application form and the supporting information and are satisfied with the content of both. The operator has sufficiently documented procedures for the site contractors/operatives and has installed electronic monitoring equipment (for dust, odour and noise) and dust control equipment in the form of plastic sheeting for soil stockpiles, a wheel wash and a sprinkler system.  

The duration of the permit for this development is estimated to be 5 months (up to September 2013). During this period we will carry out regular inspections to monitor site operations and ensure that procedures detailed via the supporting information are being followed. A copy of the mobile plant permit that Dunton Environmental Ltd hold is also attached.  

If you have any specific questions on these permits or would like to meet to discuss our wider work in the Deptford cluster please let me know.

Equally, if you wish to report an amenity complaint, please call our Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60, which is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Regards Brian

Brian McVeigh
Environment Officer /  Environment Management  / South London Waste Team
Kent and South London / South East

Environment Agency, Rivers House, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9AN

Internal: 725 4825   External: 03708 506 506



From: McVeigh, Brian
Sent: 14 February 2013 08:37
Subject: Public Consultation: Hinkcroft Transport Ltd, Landman Way, Lewisham- Deadline extended to 14 March 2013

Dear Cllr/Sir/Madam;

Following a local residents meeting on Tuesday night I can confirm that the consultation period has been extended as requested and the deadline for comments is now 14 March 2013.

As discussed and detailed below the permit variation application proposes to allow Hinkcroft Transport Ltd to process sterilised clinical waste and interior material (frag) from cars.  However, as this variation will not increase the waste tonnage that can be accepted at the site the operator will be actively looking to reduce the amount of food waste stored, which has caused amenity complaints in the past.

Regarding these two additional waste streams a request was made on Tuesday night for additional information on the combustible waste (sterilised clinical waste).

I can confirm that this waste is from human or animal healthcare and/or research and will be transferred to SRCL (an Environment Agency waste permitted site) for treatment. When at SRCL this waste will go through an auto-clave treatment process (high pressured saturated steaming) to sterilise it.

This incoming waste to SRCL may consist of wastes such as dressings, bandages, swabs, gloves and clothing. The sterilisation process changes the properties of this waste from a clinical waste to a combustible waste.

As part of the variation application Hinkcroft Transport Ltd propose to accept this combustible waste and shred it within their waste transfer building to produce Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF). Hinkcroft Transport Ltd’s contract with SCRL requires them to have a secondary tipping point for this combustible waste. As part of this variation application Hinkcroft Transport Ltd propose that the site on Landman Way to be this secondary tipping point. The primary tipping point will another Environment Agency permitted site in Kent.


Please find below further information on the variation application as originally sent in early January 2013.



Dear Cllr/Sir/Madam,

Hinkcroft Transport Ltd, Landman Way, Lewisham have applied to vary their existing Environmental Permit to allow them to process additional waste types at the site.

If granted, the permit variation proposes to allow Hinkcroft to process sterilised clinical waste and interior material (frag) from cars.  However, as this variation will not increase the waste tonnage that can be accepted at the site the operator will be actively looking to reduce the amount of food waste stored, which has caused amenity complaints in the past.

Our consultation started on 22 January 2013 and the closing date for comments is 14 March 2013.

The full application details can be viewed on the Public Registers at the following locations:

London Borough of Lewisham, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford, London, SE6 4RU or The Environment Agency, Orchard House, Endeavour Park, West Malling, ME19 5SH.

If you wish to comment on this application please:
email: psc@environment-agency.gov.uk or write to PSC - EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF.

Normally we must put any responses we receive on the public register. Please tell us if you don’t want your response to be public.

We must decide whether to grant or refuse the application.  If we grant it, we must decide what conditions to include in the permit.  You can find information about how we make decisions at;

If you have any further questions, please let me know.


Regards Brian

Brian McVeigh
Environment Officer /  Environment Management  / Mole and South London EPR
Kent and South London / South East

Environment Agency, Rivers House, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London, SE2 9AN

Internal: 725 4825   External: 03708 506 506




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