Friday, February 24, 2006

Town hall succumbs to mushroom syndrome...

Cement Plant Colour scheme main concern....

Shades of grey with just a dash of orange?

In June 1997 yet even MORE "Further Changes to Approved Scheme of Rugby Works Upgrade" we learn that the senior planners main concerns were not: air quality; pollution; toxic plume; 1,000 heavy lorries each day; loss of amenity; intensification of use of the site; environmental impact; health impact; impact on roads and property: it was.... Wait for it......

The COLOUR scheme!

Reading through the "Schedule of Changes compared to the approved Drawings" we find:

* I suggest a stainless steel finish for the chimney top.
* What about oyster grey for clinker silo?
* What in lieu of mushroom? Ooohh!
* Yes, I think so, and for the cement mills shall we go for svelte grey?
* I like the slate grey myself., as opposed to plain grey.
* What do you say to using light, dark and orange cladding colours more positively?
* Yes I like that - as long as you remove the svelte grey enclosure to the stairs.
* Note: Some variation of colour may have occurred between sets of reproductions due to inconsistency of this process. Original samples should be consulted for TRUE COLOUR of proposed cladding.

Choruses of: Mmm! That's nice. Ooohh I like that. Lovely! Good riddance to the mushroom... Tee heee... The mention of mushroom makes me giggle... Are Rugby people really that daft that we can get away with this "mushroom technique", and build a 2 million tonne cement plant without them even noticing? Oh yes, with a colour scheme like this we will have it built before they see it, and in any case with a few nice plume-filled foggy days, say about three years worth, we should be finished and it will be too late. I tell you what, nip and get a few mushroom-coloured buckets of manure will you, and let's get started.

Perhaps we can have a "Hide the cement plant competition"...

What shade would you choose for the least impact... First prize to those who make it become "invisible".

It beggers belief.


Anonymous said...

Its blooming obvious - you need goose wing grey, with just a hint of bird-flu-grey to match the cement work's flue.

Talk about madness, and "One flue over the cuckoos' nest".. we got it all here in Rugby! I hear they are to burn BSE infected meat and bone meal as well. Might as well make it a full house, and throw in a few grey mad cows and a few dead grey geese for good measure.


BD said...

What about stealth paint like they spray the militry aircraft with that fly over Rugby using the stack as a reference point?

What do you mean what aircraft?

Anonymous said...

If this was Stratford Upon Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick or Leamington Spa it would not have even got past the drawing board, but drop it on Rugby along with another barking idea - that has been shelved thankfully - namely the airport and we Rugby muppets will just have to put up with it. Is it possible that there is backhanders going on between WCC and the then Rugby Cement? Who knows but it strange that the original drawings did not reflect the actual design that we all got dumped with!

Anonymous said...

Clean up the whole area in one foul stroke!

Why doesn't RBC, as part of its re-generation strategy give the area its own unique identity and paint all the houses in New Bilton, Newbold, and Long Lawford an attractive cement dust colour, so then the clouds of cement dust will not show up? No need then for Rugby Cement to go on paying thousands of pounds in clean-up operations! And no one would notice the coatings of dust anymore. And I nearly forgot, all cars in Rugby must also be a matching concrete grey!

long suffering resident

Anonymous said...

We object most strongly to the competition to choose the colour scheme for the cement plant. We think it should be an open, transparent process with an equal opportunity for all. We object to Council officers and cement plant managers doing it behind closed doors!

This competition represents an offence in terms of the Disability Discrimination Act. Colour Blind persons are suffering from a disability.

This entirely unfair and discriminatory activity of a competition to colour the stack could well
be actionable. So, how about finding a colour blind resident of Rugby and turning them loose to seek some redress, including umpteen £ millions in punitive damages?

That should keep Cemex and RBC management teams busy for a couple of hours at least.

In the meantime what about a new Competition: think of one good reason why the Rugby Cement plant should not be pulled down?

A and R

Villager said...

I suggest that the disposal of BSE animal waste in cement kilns is not a laughing matter, and the issue should not be joked about.
The UK Government appears to be disposing of BSE/vCJD related waste secretly and in breach of EU law enacted specifically to protect human health.
In so doing they are risking outbreaks of vCJD (New Variant Creutz Jakob Disease, in the local population, as well as jeopardising the future of the UK beef industry yet again.

The Environment Agency denied that there was any risk that "animal waste derived fuel" could contain any BSE, before they burnt it in a cement kiln at Clitheroe, Lancashire. This has proven to be deliberately false.

Ben bradshaw, Minister at DEFRA, has since confirmed that this waste DOES contain Category 1 Specified Risk Material, which is subject to EU legislation enacted to protect public health--ie to prevent vCJD infection.

Research by the Brish Veterinary Laboratory shows how virulent BSE is. 70% of calves given just ONE GRAM of infected tissue by mouth developed BSE and died. 10% given ONE THOUSANDTH of one gram also developed BSE and died.

Castle Cement have applied to burn 97,500 tonnes of this waste each year.

The pathway for infection of livestock and of people is perfectly clear on the Clitheroe site.

Access to pastures and a farm yard is only possible through the cement works site.--pathway via tyres, blown dust etc.
The animal waste is forced out of the incoming tanker into a sealed silo. The displaced air is permitted to contain "x" milligrams per cubic metre of particulate (--which can only be animal waste)--pathway by inhalation/mouth of fine particles of waste by workers, and surrounding neighbours.

The Part time farmers work for the cement works --pathway to farm animals by vehicle tyres.

Workers families--pathway through contaminated clothing,and footwear since workers apparently do not change clothes before arriving home. Babies are especially at risk (by mouth--one thousandth of a gram can kill a calf--how much need be picked by a toddler as it puts its fingers in its mouth?)

It seems the deception was entirely deliberate. Residents at Clitheroe were even encouraged by Environment Agency inspectors to run a sample of animal waste through their fingers to show "it feels just like wet sand". This, we now learn, are those tissues which contain 99% of any BSE infection, viz. the brains, spinal cords eyes, etc. The removal and disposal of these tissues is due to EU legislation enacted specifically to prevent spread of BSE and vCJD to humans.
I suggest that the risk of vCJD from this apparently illegal practise by the UK Government is no laughing matter

Anonymous said...

oh dear.
more fuss about nothing.

villager, are we all dropping down dead with CJD?.....errr no.

Is BSE rife?.....errr no.

where is the epidemic then?

Hint: don't believe all that you read, for it may be hype. or global warming. or the new ice age. or hole in the ozone layer. or Dixoins and Furans. or meteors. or sun spots. or the sky falling down to crush us all. or floods, or war.
we're all going to hell you know.