Residents are reminded that the closing date for the receipt of objections for the proposed change of use and 10m high industrial buildings at the Chalk Pit is 15 March 2021. Details of the application can be found at Surrey County Council – Planning Application Display – SCC Ref 2020/0159 (surreycc.gov.uk).
This application has caused a significant concern across the Borough and neighbouring Reigate and Banstead. If you want updates do contact Ken Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not consider the proposals to be appropriate for this Green Belt site given the size of the proposed buildings which will impact on the character of the Downs and streetscape in this area together with the additional impact on traffic, noise and dust.
A local resident has started a petition and you are encouraged to sign it if you do not want this application to go through. More than 700 signatures in a day or so. :
Nuisance caused by Dust and pollution
Residents have advised of significant dust following the fine weather of last weekend and we have been sent the following two pictures:-
Dust Cloud clearly visible over Chalk Pit
Respirable crystalline silica (RCS)and wood dust are likely emitted from the operations at the Chalk Pit given the waste being recycled. They are listed by the HSE alongside asbestos as three of the five dusts where they issue specific guidance. They are not the type of dusts we want to be inhaling!
Dust is identified within the planning documents as an issue as follows:
Harm: Harm to human Health
Given this risk NJB Recycling has, in relation to their site, proposed that the materials recycling should be subject to a number of measures to reduce the risk including carrying out recycling in a building and misting.
These measures are not in place as we write which has resulted in an increase in the dust we see. We have no idea what levels of invisible respirable dust is in the air and what impact this is having on our health – the consequences will likely not be seen for many years.
Many residents have complained to the Environment Agency and indeed one of our residents attended a meeting on behalf of the Association of Ewell Downs Residents, called by The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, who is working tirelessly to stop the nuisance, with amongst others the Environment Agency to see if a solution could be found. Disappointingly there is no timescale for regularising the position. It appears another risk assessment and further surveys are required. These should have been in place prior to the operator being allowed to start operations.
In addition, many Residents Association Borough Councillors and County Councillors, are actively engaged in seeking immediate remedial action and are objecting to the planning application. Since this is a waste handling application it falls within the remit of Surrey County Council rather than Epsom and Ewell’s Borough Council in the first instance.
The operators are being allowed to profit from ignoring the noise and dust assessments that are in the public domain on a site where they do not have the necessary consents at the detriment to residents who are subjected to significant noise and dust issues.
If you are affected by Noise or Dust please call or email the Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 Incident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk.