Cllr Nicola Lowery Updates on Power Station Plans

Uniper Technologies Limited proposes to demolish Conveyors 6 and 7 and the accompanying Conveyor Tower of the former Ironbridge Power Station and have submitted an Application for prior notification under Schedule 2 Part 11 of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 to Shropshire Council.

The site is nearing completion of decommissioning and full demolition of the site is expected to commence in 2018 subject to Shropshire Council approval as the designated local planning authority. The demolition and foundation removal of the structures is required to appropriately isolate and safeguard the area, permitting safe demolition of the remaining power station site at a later date.

The demolition of Conveyors 6 and 7 and Associated Structures of Ironbridge power station will involve the following:

· Demolition and removal of the coal processing plant conveyors 6 and 7

· Demolition and removal of junction tower No.2,

· Demolition and removal of any small ancillary structures within the located Uniper landholding area and below conveyor number 6 proposed for demolition (6000sqm)

· Processing of demolition materials

The demolition work of conveyors and associated structures is intended to commence in Q3 2017 and it is anticipated that the demolition will take approximately 10 weeks. The key mitigation measures to protect the environment have been identified and Uniper have advised that there will be no significant impacts arising from the demolition activities. The key potential environmental effects associated with demolition will be related to, noise, vibration, dust, waste and transport associated with transporting demolition workers to and from the site and the removal of demolition waste. It has been anticipated that a maximum of 25 people will be employed on site for demolition work.

Material removed from the site such as metals will be exported by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) and Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) in suitably sheeted HGVs. Primary access and egress routes to the site will be via the existing agreed HGV routes detailed below:

1. Traffic exiting the M54 at junction 4 will take the A454 (W), A4169 (Queensway, W), A4169 (Buildwas Bank, S) and Buildwas Road.

2. Traffic exiting the M54 at junction 6 will take the A5223 (S), A4169 (S) and Buildwas Road.

The number of vehicle movements generated by demolition work is predicted to be 4 HGVs per day. It is projected that vehicle movements will be short term and less intensive than main power station operations previously associated with the site prior to closure.

A number of stakeholders met with Uniper in earlier this year to discuss the future of the site with the owners. Among them, was the Telford & Wrekin Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge Nicola Lowery, Shropshire Councillors David Turner, Much Wenlock Division and Cllr Claire Wild, Severn Valley in whose electoral division the power station is situated.

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Ward Member for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “This marks the start of fascinating process for the former power station site as the site begins its transformation that will determine the future for this strategic site. The opportunities and potential that exists within this site is significant. However, this is a highly complex site and presents a number of challenges as the former power station is demolished, which is why Conveyors 6 and 7 and the supporting Conveyor Tower, are considered necessary for demolition due to deteriorating structural integrity and health and safety risks”.

“Uniper have advised that demolition of 3 items of plant needs to take place in advance of the main demolition phase for health and safety reasons. Given the overriding health and safety justification it is deemed appropriate to allow these works to be separated out from the current EIA screening process so that the urgent works can proceed.

“Whilst the former Ironbridge Power Station sits within Shropshire Council’s boundary it is vital that the World Heritage Site is considered as part of the demolition phase and for future use proposals. I continue to work closely with Cllrs Claire Wild and David Turner to ensure that the demolition does not adversely affect the local communities across our boundaries and we shall continue to work with both local Council’s to ensure minimal impact to our road networks, land, air and water during the demolition process.

“Demolition is necessary to permit safe demolition of the remaining main power station site and any future redevelopment. However, this is in advance of the main demolition phase which is subject to a current EIA Screening process.

“As the Ward member for the Ironbridge Gorge my priority is to ensure that the demolition does not adversely impact our local communities and I shall continue to work with my elected colleagues and officers from both Councils to consider the proposed traffic management plan and routes, impacts assessment and hours of operation. It is highly disappointing that the existing rail line is not being proposed for the disposal of waste as this would reduce the use of our highways networks and ensure the line is maintained throughout the demolition phase.

“Looking forward, the future of the former Ironbridge Power Station and the opportunities that it presents for economic growth has been the subject of much recent discussion, as the future use of such a strategic and instrumental site must be approached with sensitivity and vision to ensure we fully consider the potential of the Ironbridge Power Station. With a significant estimated of waste material to be removed the challenge ahead has now become ever clearer”.

Cllr David Turner said: “Traffic will clearly have an impact on local occupiers, and in Buildwas Road in particular. Whilst this provides detail of primary routes, I remain cautious that this description does not leave the way clear for secondary routes to use the ancient and narrow Sheinton Street in Much Wenlock’s conservation area that carries the A4169 southwards. I shall be observing this closely. It is, of course, necessary to carry out this work in order that the site can be sold and re-used but, given the relatively small area affected by these works, it is an indication of the enormous challenge that clearing the remainder of the site will entail”.

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