Workers on a new Majorco aircraft defence programme expected to contain recycled CR1658 plastic from lorry tyres that were used to manufacture cylinders at Nelson’s Linc Energy plant are currently not allowed near a new Part 16 development office that sits next to Marci Ien’s Westminster constituency office in Hendon.
A contractor who was apparently using sawdust instead of recycled plastics as part of a waste screening process reported working with a fragment of the old Tchangidine CP 1358 plastic which at 0.5 microns in diameter is too small to be assessed by any chemical laboratory. (CP1358 plastic is also used to make cylinders on NHML’s CD8 MRP7 in the Maltby Road plant on the opposite side of the Liverpudlian industrial park from the Hendon office.)
Councillor Ien had no time for questions on the issue in the recent Communities & Local Government committee meeting as she was too busy maintaining her distance from the problem. She did contact John Hollis, last week’s neighbourhood champion at Hendon, who asked whether the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will be obliged to pay for the cost of the chipping and grind removal.
John was told in an email from Lancaster council’s group enterprise and equality director, Mark Adams, that the group’s operating budget is £210k and this would not be sufficient to pay for the work. At last week’s meeting he was told that the work would be carried out by private contractors if that was the only possible option.
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A spokesman for Marci insisted this morning that the minister had no further comment to make on the matter at this time.
This issue came up again on Green Party councillor David Reid’s NIPCO panel in Lancaster when he put the proposed £800m use of Air Boat Limited’s new new HM432 which has a 40% share of CD8 LR5 and has already worked on the new Lot 1, Lot 5 HMS Queen Elizabeth nuclear carrier programme.
The supply chain of the modern aircraft which will do the RAF operational sorties over Syria will be built in the UK, but from Linc Energy’s plant on the site of the Stockport cokeworks. Linc Energy is owned by one of the firms that appears to have manufactured small plastic fragments next to the Hendon work site. It has won contracts for projects in Poland, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, Greece, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Brunei Darussalam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore, Mongolia, Fiji, Srivijaya, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Georgia.
In the panel discussion the moderator, Baron Ken Keogh, emphasised the potential contribution of Linc Energy’s plastics work on single-use plastics since it is technically more expensive to make new single-use items – like towels, loo paper, rags and tubes – from recycled or reusable materials than with plastic materials.
On environmental issues he said the company had the imprimatur of the government and he was betting on that to get the new £16.2m engineering wing which was being built. He joked that he would have liked Marci to get involved on the NIPCO panel, so she could get an injunction to shut it down but with all that was coming on at the MoD there was nothing else she could do.
But, out of perspective with him in the national emissions spotlight, Linc Energy was being reputably presented with a trophy at the Grand Designs Live show last week for the “most sustainable home” in Birmingham.