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    Georgem wrote:
    southy wrote:
    Air changes to co2? Err, air is a lovely mixture that CONTAINS co2. How can it change to something it already is?
    I'll remind you that 'air' is not a well-defined substance.

    But co2 in the air do not burn, its a snuffer of flames, and your forgetting that fact of life Georgem
    What does that have to do with anything? You said "air turns to co2" and I said it doesn't. How it affects flames is irrelevant.
    what is the main gas in air, you need it to be able to breath. and when you put a flame to air its only the snuffer gasses that will not burn, the rest will and turn to co2. and its all very relenant when some thing like this is trying to work the green condential to get approval.
    What this power station is all about is gaining Tax payers money, same as wind farms, in reality it should only be state owned industary that should tax payers money because any profit is pump back into the country."
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Helius vow to press ahead with biomass plans for Southampton docks

First published in Business Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

THE developer behind a proposed power plant at Southampton docks has insisted it will press ahead with the scheme.

It comes after councillors agreed planning objections to the controversial scheme.

Around 60 residents attended a meeting where councillors agreed a formal response to a consultation by Helius Energy on revised plans for a 100-megawatt biomass plant, 250 metres from the nearest homes in Millbrook.

Planners revealed they had received 239 written objections.

Councillors agreed “insufficient” detail had been provided to properly assess impact on air quality and that the “inappropriate size” and “poor architectural” quality of the proposed plant were unacceptable.

They also wanted specific details about how steam and hot water from the plant would be reused locally.

The 800,000 tonnes of wood fuel to be burnt at the power station would be in excess of limits set out in a forthcoming countywide minerals and waste plan, councillors noted.

The No Southampton Biomass campaign group accused Helius of manipulating computer images to show the proposed power station from the best angles and said the consultation was inadequate.

They said the plant was still too big, too close to homes, not green and would pollute the already poor local air quality.

Campaigner Eloisa Gil- Arranz told the meeting: “It’s an ill-conceived monstrosity whose sole purpose is to line the pockets of Heluis fat cats.”

Council leader Richard Williams said: “We are sending a clear signal to Helius that Southampton does not want their proposed power station and we will object to their current plans.”

Helius planning director Paul Brighton said the public consultation, which runs until August 3, had been a “full programme” and insisted the biomass plant was needed to help cut carbon emissions. “If climate change was not an issue we would not be here,” he said.

He said the objections would be “carefully considered” to help Helius “refine” its proposals but anticipated a planning application would be submitted to the National Infrastructure Directorate by the end of the year, which will recommend to Government whether to give the final go-ahead.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Brighton denied images had been manipulated.

He said: “We commissioned three independent and experienced professional consultants to undertake the preparation of the images on our behalf.

"The photomontages that they produced conform to the technical guidelines for such images set out in the Landscape Institute’s professional guidance for such work.

"The 21 viewpoints selected were agreed in advance with Southampton City Council as part of the scoping of the environmental statement and were surveyed to verify the accuracy of the images."

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