On the 28th of April 2012, a planning application was announced for a large asphalt plant which will produce 150,000 tonnes of material a year and could run 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 25 years.
The proposed site is at Medham, about 300-400 yards away from the new Barratt housing development and a similar distance from East Cowes Marina and the edge of East Cowes town. Prevailing winds blow from the site towards these populated areas.
Asphalt plants produce toxic dust and chemical emissions dangerous to humans. They smell unpleasant. Uncontrolled emissions frequently exceed the planned levels. Crushing and vehicle movements are a major source of noise. The plants are obtrusive when situated near domestic properties.
The planning application is very complex, but the section on “Dust and Odour” takes no account of the East Cowes population.
The Isle of Wight Council have waived the need to have an independent environmental impact assessment.
The areas likely to be affected by are important to the Island economy. The local businesses currently provide significant employment. Neither visitors nor residents would benefit from noise and pollution.