Residents keep up the fight on research centre

May 31 2019

THE team behind the planned vehicle research centre in Lyde Green have moved to allay residents’ fears.

People living near the proposed University of Bath Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the Bristol and Bath Science Park claim fuel storage tanks at the site could be “a disaster waiting to happen”. They formed Lyde Green Action Group to follow up their concerns.
The group met representatives of the centre and the science park last month, shortly after planners had given the go-ahead for the development, which will be built in three phases, with the first opening at the end of next year.
 As well as discussing worries over the fuel tanks, waste disposal and possible flooding risks, the residents asked  Gavin Edwards, of IAAPS, and Darren Talbot, project manager at the science park, to consider planting trees to camouflage the site in Dirac Crescent from their homes.
After the meeting, Mr Edwards wrote to Pat Bere, one of the action group’s founders.
Mr Edwards said in his letter that careful consideration had been given to the siting of the fuel tanks, which would meet all safety requirements.
“The types of fuel to be stored in the tanks at IAAPS are identical to those used in conventional filling stations and the volumes are considerably lower, typically ¼ of that typically found in a filling station such as the supermarket or Shell station which are already operating close by,” he said.
The site had adequate drainage and would not use high volumes of water that could cause any risk of local flooding. It would generate mainy recyclable waste and regular waste collections would be made, he confirmed.
On the request for trees, Mr Edwards said: “The planting scheme which has been approved as part of the planning process is sympathetic to the site area.”
The University of Bath says the centre will create 80 jobs, support 1,900 others and stimulate £70 million by 2025, creating further turnover of £800 million to the UK automotive sector.
To find out more about Lyde Green Action Group and their concerns, visit their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Lyde-Green-Action-Group-314778959082128