New detailed information regarding an application to build an asphalt plant at Medina Wharf off Arctic Road in Cowes is published on the internet.
The material will be subject to a further public consultation that gets underway on Friday 31 August and will last for three weeks.
No Environment Statement
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State has decided that no formal Environmental Statement is required under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations. Isle of Wight Council says it received that decision on 16 August.
People who have already submitted comments will be written to inviting further comment, according to the local authority and people who have not yet commented will get the opportunity to do so.
Anti-asphalt plant campaigners fear that a facility in East Cowes would 'poison' the Isle of Wight.
East Cowes resident Julia Hill, spokesperson for Wight Residents against Asphalt Plant (WRAP), told Isle of Wight Radio recently that she has concerns about the location of the proposed plant: “I would like to know why they [Eurovia] consider the River Medina to be a suitable site for a plant such as this, when other plants around the country are generally located in quarries, well away from built-up residential areas.”
In a recent statement applicant Eurovia, a subsidiary of the roads PFI contract winner, said: “We will be living and working on the Island for at least the next 25 years and we want to make sure our relationship with residents, businesses and visitors is a positive one.
“We will be employing local people and working hard to make sure the Highways PFI contract is a success for all concerned.
“Our goal is to make the necessary investments to the road infrastructure that will lead to greater inward investment and tourism for the Isle of Wight that benefits the whole community.”