MEETING NOTES Wednesday 30th November 2017 6p.m.

Amey Waterbeach Waste Management Park


Clare Cambridge (Local Resident), Anita Levitt (Local Resident), Barrie Hughes (Local Resident), Erik Fuller-Lewis (Local Resident), David Craig (Local Resident), Jane Williamson (Farmland Museum / Waterbeach PC), Andrew Stevens (Landbeach PC), Cllr Michael Williamson (CCC), Cllr Ingrid Tregoing (SCDC), Cllr Hazel Smith (SCDC), Emma Fitch (CCC), Mark Davenport (Frimstone), Sharon Spain (Frimstone), Chris Smiles (Amey), Allison Darling (Amey), Ian Clarke (Amey), Jon Jones (Amey), Tim Marks (Amey), Andrew Russell (Axis PED)


Cllr Peter Johnson (SCDC), Cllr Anna Bradnam (CCC), Cllr David Mudd (Cottenham PC), Chris Webster (Local Resident), Nick Atkins (Environmental Health SCDC)

1. Welcome and introductions

Chris Smiles (CS) opened the meeting and introductions were made.

2. Minutes of previous meeting

Minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed and no comments received.

3. Operational update

Jon Jones provided the following operational update:

Landfill: Designs are in place for phase 14 of the landfill and Amey is currently looking at options for clay extracted from phase 14 cells, including suitability for local highways works. Clay export to the Ely bypass project was undertaken for last couple of weeks. Some low spots needed more material.

MRF: The MRF is busy as normal. Normal running – 2 x 12hr shifts per day, 7 days per week followed by regular days down for routine preventative maintenance. Recyclate markets are still not strong at the moment. We are concentrating on keeping the processed materials moving out of site, rather than building stockpiles.

MBT: Processing wastes as expected, sometimes hours extended into evenings depending on deliveries and also any plant issues. Wind damage to side panels will be sorted in spring – expect to see scaffolding on roof. Contractor selected, awaiting final approval to proceed. Process water tank was cleaned in November. Works to air handling will continue in 2018.

Composting: Processing as normal. Waste inputs now reduced in line with seasonal changes. Daily off-site odour monitoring is being conducted around the area in accordance with our Odour Management Plan. Full-time odour monitor has been employed. She conducts weekday on and offsite odour monitoring all around the area. She also responds to any complaints received. If we detect odour at level likely to cause issues, we suspend activities – screening and turning. Complaints received by us have reduced by a third compared to 2016. We look at every complaint. If the complaint is received during odour monitors working hours, then we would always try to direct the odour monitor to the complaint location. For complaints received out of hours or the next day, we can only check the weather station data.

JJ also explained a recent fire at Waterbeach was put out within a day and may have been caused by batteries. Amey also recently experienced a marine flare being put in with household recyclates, which exploded in the hands of an operative. Amey is planning media activity to highlight the risks involved in not disposing of waste correctly.

A CLG member asked who had been doing measuring activity on Long Drove. Amey did not have anyone undertaking measuring but the odour monitor visits Long Drive daily. Frimstone said it could have been in relation to their planning application.

A CLG member said she had heard reports of odour being bad in Chittering. JJ explained Amey has two odour monitoring points in Chittering, which are checked daily.

4. Future developments (Amey)

Tim Marks (TM) gave the following updates:

Bridge: new bridge mentioned at a previous meeting is still in the pre application stage.

AD: no updates from Summerleaze

Energy from waste facility: TM thanks CLG members for attending the recent EfW consultation events. He said helpful feedback had been received through both CLG meetings and the events, allowing Amey to provide design feedback to its architects.

TM said Amey is now coming to the end of its pre application stage for the EfW and is aiming to submit a planning application before Christmas, after which the application will be validated and a consultation led by the planning authority would commence in the new year.

Amey and the planning authority are talking to parish councils about attending future meetings in December/January to present the proposals.

Andy Russell (Axis) circulated images of the new designs for the EfW building, along with photomontages showing what it would look like from various viewpoints.

He explained the previous rectangular designs have been replaced with curves following local feedback. A grey roof has replaced the initial green proposal, which a palette of greys and a mix of materials on the buildings.

Proposed landscaping involves reed beds, meadow grasses and native species of tree such as poplar, with footpaths, boardwalks and outdoor educational areas incorporated.

A CLG member asked about carbon dioxide and how the EfW would rank against coal or nuclear facilities. AR said 50% of the power will be classed as renewable energy. Within the planning application will be a carbon assessment and sustainability statement, which will provide full information.

A CLG member asked what sort of trees would be planted and would they take ecological benefits into account. TM highlighted they would be native species and include poplars to provide screening. Other biodiversity improvement measures would be incorporated.

Future Developments (Frimstone)

Mark Davenport updated on Frimstone activity, saying a planning application for land adjoining Gravel Diggers Farm is likely to be submitted before Christmas. Frimstone is looking to dig, process and deliver as locally as possible. No vehicles will be using Long Drive or Twenty Pence Road.

A CLG member asked about barriers to be used between Mitchell Hill and the site. MD said top soil would be used as a bund to act as a barrier. Work will be in small areas, which will be restored as quickly as possible. Woodland planting will be installed before work starts. A CLG member asked if there would be a crossing on Long Drive. MD confirmed this would be the case and traffic control measures were being investigated.

5. County and District Council updates

Emma Fitch provided the following update:

Monitoring site visits: The most recent monitoring visit to Amey Waterbeach Waste Management Park took place on 24 August 2017 and the last visit to Gravel Diggers (see Area E1 on the map below) with Frimstone was on 13 September. One further visit to each site is due to take place before 31 March 2018, which is the end of the financial year.

No obvious non compliances with the planning permissions and associated conditions were noted in the monitoring reports for either site.

At the time of the visits, soil stripping had taken place in phase 3 of the extraction area at Gravel Diggers and the County Council’s Historic Environment Team had confirmed that the archaeological investigations in the new area were completed in accordance with the agreed scheme so that area was released for the extraction of mineral to begin.

During the monitoring visit to the Amey Waste Management Park officers noted that the capping of cell 13 had taken place and Amey had previous provided the County Council with methodology for this in a Construction Quality Assurance Validation Report, that covered the clay capping and soil placement in this area.

Energy from waste application: Further discussions have taken place with Amey in relation to the submission of the planning application for the Energy from Waste (EfW) facility on Levitts Field. It is anticipated that the planning application will be received on Friday 15 December. However, it will then need to be validated prior to public consultation which will commence in the New Year. Early discussions will be sought with the Parish Councils of Landbeach, Waterbeach, Cottenham and Haddenham, ideally through officer attendance at a Parish Council meeting. This will give the Parish Councils an opportunity to ask questions and the officers to explain how the planning application will be determined, prior to the Parish Council making their formal response.

EF added that members of the Planning Committee will undertake a site visit to Waterbeach, as well as visiting an existing EfW facility.

6. AOB – none

A CLG member said he didn’t believe Amey’s odour monitoring process worked. He asked members to report odour directly to the EA. JJ said Amey is happy for odour to be reporting either to itself or the EA, who can be contacted on 0800 807060.

7. Date of next meeting

Thursday 8th March 2018 at 6p.m.