Toxins in, Toxins Out: What A Waste Incinerator Power Station Means for Tarbolton and the Burns Country.

The Larkfleet Group an English waste management company, wants to turn Tarbolton Tip into an extensive facility to process household and industrial waste. Larkfleet has been unable to give assurances that there no further applications to process hospital or other hazardous waste.  Waste-to-Energy power stations of the kind proposed (the picture shows a similar facility in Spain) will release some of the most toxic substances known to science, dioxins and furans, into our local environment and produce thousands of tonnes of toxic ash and greenhouse gasses over their operating lifetime. Worldwide studies report an increase in serious health problems for people living near such facilities, particularly children.

The proposed building is as higher as a wind farm turbine, with the height of chimney stack being even higher. The numbers and/or sizes of trucks transporting the waste across Ayrshire boundaries will increase significantly. The development at Tarbolton Tip will negatively affect our environment, and be a visual pollutant.

The Larkfleet Group has been less than forthcoming about their plans for the site, taking out a tiny notice in the local press and scheduling open days for the start of the school holidays when many residents are away. At a recent public event, Larkfleet chiefs failed and refused to answer the most basic technical questions with respect to environmental impact. We think there needs to be a full and proper public consultation with respect to the site.

Tarbolton and the surrounding area is rich in historical and natural heritage. The Scottish National poet, Robert Burns, regularly visited Tarbolton and the road to Tarbolton was the inspiration for one of his most famous poems. Tarbolton is also rich in ancient archaeology, being the site of an early Mott-and-Bailey at Hobbs Hill. Adjacent to Tarbolton Landfill,  the Long Wood, a piece of ancient woodland next to the tip, supports Scottish Wildlife, including rare birds of prey. Historical villages within the windward directions of the proposed development (Mossblown, Stair, Craigie, Symington and Dundonald) will also be affected. We believe our Ayrshire villages should be revived, treasured, and protected for future generations, not used as a toxic dumping ground.

If you would like to get involved in the campaign to protect Tarbolton and surrounding Burns country, please contact us.

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