COMMUNITY CHAMPION ETHAN WILKINSON LEADING OPPOSITION TO GAS TANKER OFFLOADING FACILITY ON BLETCHLEY ROAD
A planning application has been submitted to install a gas tanker off-loading facility at the British Gas Depot on Bletchley Road in Newton Longville.
The proposal includes 4 HGV bays to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and could see an estimated 20 tankers arriving each day.
This would mean huge lorries carrying gas going backwards and forwards, day and night, weekday and weekend on Bletchley Road, Whaddon Road, Stoke Road and Newton Road.
There will be gas flaring at the site. This means there will be sporadic and pulsating as flames that will contribute towards greenhouse gas emissions while also generating significant noise and heat.
Bletchley Community Champion, Ethan Wilkinson, has been leading the way in opposing the proposal to build the gas tanker offloading facility.
Following his original video raising awareness of the issue, there have now been over 800 comments from local residents in objection of the proposal.
Ethan Wilkinson said:
“This isn't about party politics, this is about protecting people's local communities. This proposal will see people's homes put at risk and an unacceptable increase in traffic and pollution.
We have created a campaign composed of local residents, concerned neighbours, parish, town and city councillors and together we can win.”
Cllr Allan Rankine, ward representative for Bletchley Park, said:
“This application falls just outside my ward boundary but Milton Keynes would need to be involved in disaster planning contingencies should this application go ahead. The proposed plant would also result in many HGVs containing compressed natural gas on our roads.
The location of the proposed site is totally inappropriate. High pressure connections and disconnections to natural gas pipelines are high risk activities that should not be placed next to communities or a railway line. I have therefore provided a detailed objection”