So all of us Remainers and Brexiteers went to the Polling Stations in incredible numbers, to add our “X” where we were certain, in our “educated” opinion, would leave the UK and our own future in the safest position.
But how many of us Canvey residents display interest in, or are even aware of a decision that may have a far greater impact on our future that will take place on Tuesday the 2nd August?
The 13 men and women that serve as the CPBC Development Committee, will debate and decide on the OIKOS proposal to;
“Construction of a new deep water jetty facility consisting of the refurbishment of and extension to the existing OSL Jetty, refurbishment of an existing 12 tank storage compound.
The proposal, hereafter referred to as the Oikos Deep Water Jetty, (ODWJ), seeks to facilitate the berthing of larger vessels at the site by extending Jetty No.2 into deeper water and carrying out improvements to the safety of operations on the site through the replacement and renewal of infrastructure within the site to current safety standards.
Once the ODWJ proposal is in operation it will have a berth facility able to accommodate a range of vessels up to and including 120,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) tankers. It is estimated that as a result of the ODWJ proposals, approximately 36 vessels per year, on average 3 vessels per month, will use the new extended Jetty 2 when it becomes operational.”
So clearly a massive investment, but for what purpose?
“The overall operation of the terminal will remain the same, product will continue to be unloaded from the berthed vessels via pipelines that run along the jetties, pumped into storage tanks and then transferred from the site by underground pipeline. Jetty 2 and Compound 4 will operate on a 24 hour/seven day a week basis, which is consistent with the operation of the rest of the OSL terminal.”
The Agenda paperwork explores the Environmental Impact this operation will have locally but it appears that in the national interest any damaging effects will be outweighed.
The sites operatives will point out that they already hold consent to handle the levels of substances intended and therefore will be storing previously agreed volumes.
They will claim therefore there is no increase upon the previously permitted levels of storage of hazardous substances.
However the previously stored quantities have actually been of much lower hazard.
The definite implication is that the new products intended to be stored are of a previously unmatched level of hazard.
This brings into question, what levels of hazardous activity is to be carried out that Canvey Island residents are expected to accept without question!
These 13 CPBC residents representatives have a huge responsibility on their shoulders. Even if the opportunity to Reject the proposal is not within their remit, then at least opposition should be registered and the potential impact on the population should be registered.
They will be informed by a 102 page agenda report, we assume compiled by the case officer, who recommends APPROVAL.
No doubt one or two development committee members will claim some expertise in this field.
Cumulatively the officers and committee will probably be out of their comfort zone and their depth.
OIKOS have permission, there is an emergency plan;
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
Speaking to residents living nearby, we learn that they are concerned at the effectiveness of the local emergency plan, the disturbance level during construction work and their own safety.
They have expressed in terms similar to;
“Good to see that supplying a bit more petroleum for the already over congested UK is far more important than the rights and wellbeing of the local population – residents concerns over construction methods have been ignored on the basis of cost”
“Time to move I think!”
“I think I might sell as well not so much the safety issues etc but at least 2 years of sustained noise pollution etc”
It is clear these issues are causing clear concerns amongst residents who have attempted to inform themselves.
It was interesting to note the objection of the Canvey Island Town Council planning committee, in which few reasons for objection were recorded, but object they did!
Quite clearly Canvey residents are ill informed.
It pays CPBC for whatever reason to keep us that way!
We should be alarmed, more so than being concerned about being apart of, or from Europe.
But we are NOT, we are viewed as being better off ill informed and in the dark, why!
Have the lessons from Buncefield not been learned?
Hazardous Industries and residents, do not make good neighbours.
In an assumed moment of profoundness one of the 13 committee members posted on social media this week, a quotation by Derek Bok;
“If you think education is expensive try ignorance.”
Let us hope for Canvey’s sake that we have the right people elected and in place!