Readers will’ve seen Andrew Turner’s critical response to Eurovia managing director, Scott Wardrop’s delayed six page letter. Jude Ferris from Wight Residents Against Asphalt Plant (WRAP) shares their position on the issue. Ed
Eurovia have now admitted the Highways PFI contract does not include a requirement for a new Asphalt Plant and also that they are contractually required to deliver the PFI contract without the new plant.
New roads without the need for a plant
Islanders should therefore be able to benefit from the much needed improvements in the Island’s roads without harming the environment of the Medina Valley or the health of Island Residents.
Whilst Eurovia may want a local plant, the objective of this application is clearly to increase the profits of a major multi-national.
Belittling the genuine concerns of Islanders
It is disappointing that the letter from Eurovia continues to belittle the genuine concerns of Islanders.
Eurovia attribute their delayed response to the period of purdah associated with the local elections held on 2nd May. The Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner, wrote to Eurovia on the 7th March. The purdah period did not start until 27th March and ended five weeks ago.
Over 1,000 objections
Eurovia’s planning application has attracted a significant level of opposition with over 1,000 objections to date.
That Eurovia continue to dismiss the concerns of local residents and have not accepted Andrew Turner’s offer to meet with him and representatives of WRAP, appears to display a lack of courtesy and a degree of contempt.
Health over earnings
WRAP hopes and trusts that the health and quality of life of Islanders will take priority over the earnings of an international business.