Frequently asked questions

Decommissioning and demolition activities are due to start in October 2022.

Demolition works are planned to be completed by August 2023.

Planning approval has been granted for the demolition activities to be undertaken between the hours of 08:00 -18:00 on Mondays to Friday and 08:00 – 13:00 on Saturdays.

The nature of the demolition works presents a potential for dust to be generated during the course of the works, but control measures will be implemented to minimise the generation of airborne dust, such as fixed and mobile dust suppression systems, stock pile management and sheeting to vehicles transporting materials capable of generating dust.

Demolition activities will be conducted between 08:00-18:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00-13:00 on Saturdays to limit the impact of noise on local residents and businesses. Plant and equipment required to be used on-site will be selected to minimise the noise and vibration impact where reasonably practicable.

During the demolition works there will be a requirement for on-site crushing of concrete for re-use on-site and, following noise and vibration assessments conducted as part of the Planning submissions, there are restrictions in place as to the positioning of the crushing plant in relation to sensitive receptors in the vicinity of the site.

Traffic impact assessments made as part of the Planning submission for the demolition works have determined the maximum expected number of vehicle movements generated by the works. This figure is less than 20% of the number of vehicles expected during the peak operational phase of the facility and allowed under the original planning application for the facility.

Vehicles will be held on-site with no parking allowed on Courtauld Road. It will be necessary to mobilise some large items of plant to the site and where required these will be delivered in accordance with relevant vehicle movement orders.

We are aiming to re-use and recycle materials generated through the demolition as much as possible and maximise the diversion from landfill as much as reasonably practicable. Some of the plant within the facility is being removed by specialist installers to be utilised on other projects and demolished concrete will be crushed and re-used on-site where allowable. All other materials will be removed from site and segregated into relevant waste streams with suitable materials then being recycled or, where possible, re-used.

Where feasible, consideration will be given to supporting local schemes or initiatives with suitable materials, such as the timber cladding sections or office furniture and equipment. A list of potential office furniture and equipment is contained within the ‘CLG Minutes‘ page. If you wish to discuss with us potential re-use of these materials, please send an e-mail to the address listed on the ‘Contact Us’ page providing details of the items of interest and your contact details and we will review these on a case by case basis.

Following the completion of the demolition works the site will be left with a level surface with all existing hardstanding areas and concrete foundations remaining in place. The Drainage lagoon in the southwest corner will remain in operation and the site perimeter fencing and gate will be retained.

Future plans for the site following the completion of the demolition and site clearance works will be announced in due course by Essex County Council.

Community Liaison Group meetings are held every quarter to provide an opportunity for local residents and businesses to meet with the project team for an update on the progress of the works. Further details regarding the Community Liaison Group can be found on the ‘CLG Minutes’ page.

If you wish to contact the site team in relation to any concerns you may have, the e-mail address can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page.

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