12 Aug 2013

Reaction to Eurovia asphalt plant announcement

The leader of the Isle of Wight Council, cabinet member for planning and regulatory services and the Island's MP welcome news that an agreement has been reached by Eurovia and Aggregate Industries. 

Councillor Jonathan Bacon, cabinet member for planning and regulatory matters, said: "We are delighted that Eurovia has listened to both our concerns, as well as those of the residents we represent, and reached an agreement to develop a new asphalt plant at Blackwater Quarry, St George’s Down. The location of the asphalt plant on the banks of the River Medina has always been a contentious issue and it was made clear in our Framework for Change that this had to be addressed. I hope that this will mean the current planning and licence applications in relation to that site will now be withdrawn in due course."

Councillor Ian Stephens, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said: "As well as providing quality local materials for the important job of improving and maintaining our roads over the next 25 years, the new joint venture will safeguard existing jobs, something we welcome. We would like to thank Eurovia and Aggregate Industries for working together to reach this important agreement, which we believe is the right decision for the Island and one that will be welcomed by residents."
Island MP Andrew Turner, who supported the campaign against the plans, said: "This is a victory for ordinary people standing up for what is right and I am delighted that common sense has finally prevailed as building an asphalt plant at this ecologically sensitive location so close to many homes was always an ill-conceived idea. There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes to reach this agreement, and I would like to thank all those involved. 
"I do still remain concerned about some messages that were given out by the company during this process. I would still like to meet Scott Wardrop, Eurovia’s managing director, to have a proper discussion about this." 

Press release issued today (Monday 12 August) by Eurovia and Aggrergate Industries

Eurovia and Aggregate Industries agree new joint venture company – Wight Building Materials Limited

Eurovia and Aggregate Industries are pleased to announce the formation of a new joint venture company that will supply asphalt, concrete, pre-cast and aggregate materials on the Isle of Wight and service the Island’s Highways PFI. The joint venture company will trade as ‘Wight Building Materials Limited’.
Aggregate Industries already trades on the Isle of Wight through a subsidiary, Bardon Vectis, which has been established on the Island for 30 years. Wight Building Materials will comprise virtually all of the existing Bardon Vectis holdings on the Isle of Wight, including the existing asphalt plant at Blackwater Quarry, St George’s Down.
An application to upgrade asphalt production at Blackwater Quarry was submitted in 2012 and approved in May 2013.
Eurovia Roadstone submitted an application for a modern low emission asphalt plant at Medina Wharf in 2012. Subject to the various additional measures being approved by the Isle of Wight Council at Blackwater Quarry to deliver high performance asphalt production for the Highways PFI and for asphalt aggregate recycling, this will no longer be required.
As a supplier of asphalt and other related building materials, Wight Building Materials will play a central supply role in the delivery of the roads maintenance and highways upgrade programmes run under the 25-year PFI contract.
Scott Wardrop, managing director of Eurovia Group, said: "We are very pleased to announce the formation of Wight Building Materials, a full joint venture company between Eurovia and Aggregate Industries. Wight Building Materials will produce and supply building materials across the Island and with the addition of the Highways PFI, it will make the business more sustainable for the employees and allow the shareholders to invest in new high performance asphalt production and asphalt recycling for the future.”

Aggregate Industries director of aggregates and cementitious materials, Philippe Frenay, comments: “We are delighted to have entered into a joint venture with Eurovia. Through Bardon Vectis, Aggregate Industries has been working on the Isle of Wight for 30 years and our staff on the Island are pleased to have the opportunity to be part of this upgrade and improve the roads across the Isle of Wight.”

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