St Philips Marsh, Bristol – London based hedge fund, Plutus Energy Ltd is appealing to the Planning Inspectorate to overturn Bristol Council’s rejection of their plan to put 48 large Diesel Generators 200 meters from St Philips Marsh Nursery School. Each engine is at least twice the size of a bus engine – imagine 96 buses revving up outside a nursery school!
RADE [Residents Against Dirty Energy] are reviewing the evidence supplied by Plutus; mobilising the Citizens of Bristol; and have offerd to work closely with the Council in preparing evidence for the Planning Appeal.
Local Resident, and RADE member, Becky Whitmore said “At I first thought it was a joke [‘Pollute-Us’]; then I realised this was all about making money – whereas power generation is a serious and important business affecting all our futures – not choking our children. The Council rejected the application because of the damage it would do to our city – but Plutus don’t care – in fact they cannot even be bothered to check where people live on the local streets!” [Becky and her neighbours live on a nearby street that Plutus failed to identify in their submission to the Planning Inspector]
About RADE – A voluntary group of local Citizens, including Planning, and Development experts, who are committed to practical solutions to the Air Quality and Energy problems facing central Bristol. As well as objecting to the generation of electricity at peak times by Diesel Engines off Feeder Road, St Philips Marsh [a so called STOR – or Short Term Operating Reserve plant]; RADE are also working right now with the Lockleaze citizens, and Aura Power Ltd, to install a state of the art Battery Storage system at Romney Avenue, Lockleaze. This will not only store excess electricity during times of surplus, it will immediately release it when needed, without a stream of lorries delivering diesel; no engines to pump exhaust fumes into the air; and with no more noise than some air conditioning units.
When Plutus’ submitted their 2nd attempt to get planning permission for the Feeder Road scheme in the summer of last year, it was RADE that paid out of their own pockets for independent experts to assess Plutus’s claim that the diesel engines would not cause harm. Not surprisingly, these experts [Bristol based Air Quality Consultants Ltd] concluded that the plant would have a detrimental effect in an Air Quality Management Zone; indeed, Plutus Energy’s New Zealand based consultants had always chosen the most favourable interpretation of wind and other factors; whilst making major calculation errors on the noise of the Generators. This evidence persuaded the Council to reject Plutus’ plans.
About Plutus Energy Ltd – Owned by Ipso Ventures, an Investment Management Company [hedge fund], through a holding company [Plutus PowerGen plc]. Plutus Energy Ltd. engages in generating power from flexible standby electricity generation sites. It sells this power to national energy suppliers during periods of peak electricity demand or grid instability, and relies on large government subsidies and incentives for the major part of its income. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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