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Drysdales have sent a letter to the council in response to our web site. They've quoted parts of our site and claimed there were significant inaccuracies.
We'll go through their letter below.
They've also provided some excellent photographs showing their current waste processing methods.
We have no issues with the company or its employees. We just have a problem with their planning application. We believe the application leaves too many questions unanswered and requires more scientific, geological, and environmental investigation before it should be considered or given approval.
We won't reproduce their whole reply because part of it is about their employment and growing policies which aren't directly relevant when it comes to our concerns.
The full letter can be viewed on the Scottish Borders eplanning Web Site. The date of the submission was 4 September (although it didn't appear on the site until 7 September) and is entitled "Applicant's Supporting Comments".
The pipe system which we are proposing will not be visible at any point, being buried underground until it discharges 4m below sea level at low tidemark and 8.5m at high tide.
Our discharge consent at the moment is 275 cubic meters per day we are look (sic) to increase this to 360 cubic meters per day.
As a company, we are fully aware ofthe hugely significant historical and geolgical relevance of Siccar Point. In 1997 we held an event on our premises which was attended by geologists and enthusiasts from all around the world to commemorate the death 200 years earlier of James Hutton. We have created a car park for visitors, we have literature in our reception to pass out and when two American Universities/Museums came to take casts of Siccar Point, we provided lifting equipment to help make it possible.
They say our web site contains "significant inaccuracies" about the waste iself. Let's look at that....
What actually happens to the waste water at the moment.
The waste water has a cationic polymer added to it before it passes into a series of settlement stages. The soil settles out and is removed to be returned to land. Solid vegetable matter is removed by screening through a waste auger. The waste water then goes into an activated sludge treatment system where COD is reduced by bacterial activity. It then goes into the reedbed for final polishing and ultimately is discharged 'back to the environment' through the v notch at the end of the reedbed.
As explained above the 'silt' and 'chipped vegetable matter' is removed now, and will continue to be removed prior to discharge.
The waste water does not contain herbicides and pesticides. These chemicals, if present, would have a detrimental effect on the existing activated sludge system.
The COD in the waste water is from dissolved vegetable sugars.
The amount that is currently dealt with by the system is in the region of 100kgs of COD (dissolved vegetable sugars) per batch, with usually one and sometimes two batches being treated per day.