Meadhams Farm

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The Environment Agency consultation is open now and responses are invited by post and email.

Possible Objections to the EA Consultations, written by a resident (A)

Open Letter written by neighbours of the Brickworks (B)

There are substantial, recognised health concerns attached to asbestos exposure.

The question of traffic

There is a precedent for a licence application being declined.

There are some misconceptions around the current licence application.

Landfill is not the only solution in the long term.


  1. Trevor Crichton

    Asbestos can be safely processed by vitrification – using a plasma arc to heat it to over 6,000C and melt it. I consider this to be the only safe way of treating asbestos. All trials done to date have demonstrated that there are no fibres remaining, so it is perfectly safe for use as a building block or as an aggregate substitute. The EA has even approved the resulting “glass” to EN 13242:2002. The technology is available in the UK, from Tetronics Ltd in Swindon, although it has been used in Morcenx, France for the past 15 years by Itertam, part of Europlasma. Processing costs are about £50-200/tonne of asbestos, which is much higher than landfill charges and capital plant would be £10-15 million.

    • SallyK

      Trevor, I am so sorry I missed your post when it was put on the website. The technology that you’re speaking about has progressed massively since the French plant was built and ARI Global Technologies are close to finding the backing to go live in the UK. By agitating the loads as they are processed and by adding a flux, they not only work at temperatures below 1000 Celsius, but the processing times are down to a few hours I believe, as opposed to the French plant which (I believe) runs 48 hour cycles.
      There is an open day over the coming months and you can register on ARI’s website for an invitation – they don’t seem to have any selection criteria.

      • SallyK

        Can I also say that BNFL (or whatever their current name is) are already using similar tech in the UK to destroy asbestos which has been contaminated with radioactive materials. This process even neutralises that hazard.

  2. Trevor Crichton

    As part of the question regarding access to the Duntons site, we could try to get the size of trucks limited to the tonnage allowed on UK roads when the original landfill permit was agreed. In 1982 the maximum tonnage was 32.5 tonnes, but this increased to 44 tonnes in 2009. Cinematic evidence is available of the local roads and it is obvious that their condition has not improved since 1970 (when a TV show was made using this area) and indeed has almost certainly deteriorated. Allowing 44 tonners on along Blackwell Hall Lane could be very problematic.

    • SallyK

      As I understand it, all planning consent and EA applications are working to 32 tonnes, but this still equates to a large, modern compaction bin lorry; not an insignificant vehicle. Blackwell Hall Lane is a good point, but many people are only thinking of the short distance from Bovingdon and the similarly questionable “dip”. Has anyone noticed that electronic navigation providers (only verified on TomTom and Google Maps) will direct you through Chorleywood and down Stony Lane if you “satnav” from junction 17 on the M25? Stony Lane is an accident blackspot due to the gradient and the scree which builds up daily – particularly after rain. I really don’t want a lorry carrying asbestos to be side swiped at 40mph – not to mention the damage that would do to the unsuspecting vehicle and its occupants who were travelling down Chesham Road. Big lorries, harder to stop; smaller lorries, more frequent and less robust – more chance of load shedding? Meadhams is in a poor location.

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