*** THORNEY COUNTRY PARK LANDFILL PROPOSAL LATEST UPDATE ***
Buckinghamshire County Council and their contractors have provided an update on their proposal for depositing millions of tonnes of waste on Thorney Park.
They are now considering retaining around one third of the present lake at the far end right against the motorway. This waterbody will still be very deep. The technical feasibility of doing this has not been worked out. It will severely curtail the current fishing club activities and its impact on the water birds, fish and other amphibians has not been assessed.
The waste will be used to fill in the rest of the lake and spread across the rest of the land, avoiding the gas outlets. Whether this is in mounds or spread evenly has yet to be determined. There is no intention to import topsoil for restoration - it is claimed that the species they would plant do not require this.
The guarantee that all the waste would be only brought in by train was reiterated and the proposal is for it to be brought in by train which will sit on the tracks for 4 hours whilst unloading takes place. The contractors have applied to bring in 3 trains a day, one in the morning , one in the afternoon and one at midnight. This means that there will be disturbance for residents from midnight until 4am every night from noise and light pollution. This is totally unacceptable.
It appears not to be possible to deliver the proposed bund against the motorway to alleviate the noise and it is not clear whether any form of acoustic barrier is being proposed.
The outcome from the recent meeting is that the parties present including The Ivers Parish Council have requested the contractor look at expanding the size of the retained lake. Other concerns regarding the various wildlife surveys will be relayed to the consultant ecologist.
Suggestions for the possible facilities to be provided on the restored site are requested. The view of this Council is that it should be left as a peaceful, tranquil nature reserve to attempt to attract back the rich diversity of wildlife that currently inhabit the site and provide a local green open space for families to enjoy.