Many of us supported the construction of a “Green Gas” Mill at Sparsholt Agricultural College near Winchester. And many thanks for that, but can you help out again?
The gas mill is being developed by Ecotricity. It is not a community owned project; but we are talking to Ecotricity about other joint community projects.
The mill takes locally grown silage/grass and turns it into carbon neutral natural gas (methane). The methane is then fed into the national gas grid for use in heating and cooking within local homes and businesses. The Carbon Dioxide produced from burning the gas is almost exactly the same amount as the Carbon Dioxide taken out of the atmosphere by growing the grass/silage. So this means local people can burn the gas without any net carbon emissions.
Ecotricity’s original planning application was turned down by the Winchester Planning Committee for one single reason – the alleged impact on road transport. (We are sure it had nothing to do with the fact that the application was heard a few weeks before the local elections!)
The road transport issue was (and still is) a red herring introduced by the objectors at a late stage. What the objectors “forgot” to point out is that whatever crops are grown on local fields they all need to be transported off the farm. Whether it be wheat, beet, maize or oil seed, lorries would still need to take it away to local processing plants. The Green Gas Mill would have no overall impact on road movements.
Even so Ecotricity has re-submitted their plans and have offered to ensure:
1. Road transport movements are stopped during peak times and during the school run.
2. Certain rural routes will not be used.
3. Most road movement would be to and from A roads.
4. Off road farm tracks will be used as much as possible.
They now need as much local support as they can get. That’s where you come in!
HREC in general supports zero carbon gas production. The purpose of this email is to ask you to send an email of support for the Gas Mill.
This can be done by clicking here.
Please show your support for this important project.
NB We need to act soon as the deadline for comments is fast approaching.
It would be great if you could also share this email with friends and colleagues, and on social media.
As always – many thanks for your help!
Images courtesy of Ecotricity