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Energy firm wasted council’s time and money

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THE COMPANY behind the proposed ‘Pyrolysis Plant’ at Cwmgwili Clean Power Properties (CPP) faces paying significant costs after pulling out of an appeal regarding a proposed plant in Hampshire.

CPP’s application to build a pyrolysis plant at Cwmgwili was unanimously rejected by Carmarthenshire County Council’s planning committee on February 4.

The company still have the right to appeal to the planning division of Welsh Government. However, the Company’s recent appeal against a similar planning refusal in England has resulted in them being been fined for what amounts to wasting the council’s time and resources.

CPP has been applying to change the technology they are proposing at the few facilities with planning consent. They withdrew all of their Environmental Permit applications, and on several occasions CPP dropped planning appeals at the last minute. CPP has now been sanctioned twice for not giving proper reasons for withdrawing their appeals, raising questions about their operation.

The Herald can reveal that the Planning Inspectorate have now published the the Secretary of State’s decision of a costs application in relation to CPP’s aborted Micheldever Station planning appeal.

That appeal was against the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the construction and operation of an 8 MWE Pyrolysis Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT) plant including a 2 MWE Anaerobic Digestion Plant associated office, visitor centre, with new access road and weighbridge facilities, solar panels, associated landscaping and surface water attenuation features.

Carmarthenshire County Council and the Welsh Assembly Government may wish to be mindful of what the Secretary of State has said in reaching a decision to order costs.

In a letter to CPP, the Secretary of State concludes, “[I] can reach no other conclusion than the appellants acted unreasonably by withdrawing the appeal when they did, causing the Council to incur wasted or unnecessary in the appeal process. An award of costs will therefore be made.”

Further correspondence sets out the order for CPP to pay Hampshire County Council costs as follows : “The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in exercise of his powers under section 250(5) of the Local Government Act 1972, sections 78 and 322A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, HEREBY ORDERS that Clean Power Properties and Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd shall pay to Hampshire County Council their costs of the abortive appeal proceedings before the Secretary of State, limited to those costs incurred from 9 February 2015; such costs to be assessed in the Senior Courts Costs Office if not agreed.”

On its website, the company claims: ‘We aim to secure consents and develop projects at 20 to 30 sites across the UK. This programme could generate enough renewable energy to power up to half a million homes, which is a significant contribution to meeting the UK’s overall renewable energy and climate change targets’.

Among the twelve locations actually listed on its website are both Carmarthenshire and Micheldever.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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