THE?First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, has called on Natural Resources Wales to extend the deadline for the consultation on the permit for the biomass plant at Barry docks.
Mr Jones wrote to Natural Resources Wales on Tuesday, April 4, this week.
He said: “At a recent ‘Carwyn Connect’ event I held in Barry, local residents raised their concerns regarding an application for an environmental permit made by Biomass UK No. 2. to operate a renewable energy facility in Barry.
“I understand the current determination date for the permit application is May 8, 2017. Many residents expressed their views that the consultation timeline was not sufficient...
“At the meeting I was asked to write to you on their behalf to ask if it is possible to extend the deadline for representations...”
The previous day, protesters had gathered outside the Memorial Hall keen to impress upon Mr Jones their anger that the gasification plant under construction on the docks may be granted a licence.
It appears Mr Jones side-stepped the protest and entered the building from a different direction.
One protester told The GEM: “Inside, he faced some very taxing questions on the incinerator particularly from Barry resident and protester Alexis Liasatos.”
Among other issues raised in the meeting were the difficulties in getting appointments with doctors and the education provision for autistic children.
Local AM Jane Hutt, who has encouraged residents to respond to the consultation, told The GEM: “I am pleased that the First Minister has called on NRW to extend the deadline for this consultation.
“I have supported residents every step of the way since the original application was proposed eight years ago – submitting objections to the multiple planning applications associated with this development.”
Residents can contact NRW at: firstname.lastname@example.org or can pick up documents from Barry Library”