Firm planning refinery for used oil in Eastham to hold question and answer session with residents over proposals
19 February 2015 02:23PM
Residents to be given chance to quiz Hydrodec over the
controversial re-refining scheme
The site in Eastham where the used oil re-refinery would be built by the QE2 Dock.
Pictures courtesy of the Hydrodec Group
The firm planning to build a new refinery for used oil in Eastham is to hold a question and answer session to address residents’ concerns about the scheme.
Hydrodec Group wants to develop a re-refinery plant at Eastham Locks on land next to the QE2 Dock and the Nustar terminal, and is currently preparing a planning application with consultants Indigo Planning.
Re-refining involves processing used oil to remove impurities, allowing it to be reused, and the firm says the plant would create up to 40 jobs and apprentice opportunities.
If Hydrodec can secure permission for the plant, it intends to set up its European headquarters at the site.
But at a public exhibition of the proposals at Eastham Golf Club earlier this week, residents raised a number of concerns about the plans, including why this site – which is overlooked by homes on Seaview Avenue – has been chosen rather than the Stanlow complex.
In a bid to address some of the issues raised, the company is now organising an event alongside its planning consultants, where it says such questions can be properly answered.
“We’re looking to organise a town hall-style meeting”
James Hodges, Hydrodec company secretary, told the ECHO: “We’re looking to organise a town hall-style meeting somewhere in the area where people can submit questions.
“We are putting together a presentation which will answer some of the big questions, and then we will have someone chairing a Q&A session. We’re hoping to hold it in the next few weeks.
“There’s quite a few reasons why the Eastham site is better for us, that is one of the key things we will be addressing in the presentation and something a lot of people were asking about.
“We have been thinking about this for a long period of time, and looking at sites all around the country, not just in this area.”
Mr Hodges said that should the plans go ahead it would be the first re-refinery of its type in the country, recycling oil to produce base oil for use in products such as car lubricants.
“We’re very excited about this, it will provide at least 40 jobs”
And he said: “We’re very excited about this, it will provide at least 40 jobs as well as construction jobs, which is why we feel it will be a definite boost for the area.”
Eastham Lib Dem Cllr Chris Carubia said: “It’s great news that Hydrodec will be holding this meeting. I’m hoping it will be helpful for both sides. People will get chance to air their views and ask questions and the company gets the chance to answer them in a calm way, and get their point across so people understand what they’re doing, as no-one fully understands what this is at the moment.
“One of the issues we have is that other sites of this type around the world aren’t normally put in residential areas, so I’m very interested to find out why they want to put it here rather than Stanlow.”
In a statement on its website, the firm said the plant would be smaller than other neighbouring industrial plants and said considerable thought has been given to the design of the site “to minimise visual impact and to ensure the processing parts are located away from housing”.
The firm, which is already has links to the area as a customer of Nustar, also promised its trucks will never drive through Eastham village.