The commissioning of the Charlton Lane gasifier is more than 2 years late.
It is still being commissioned and must conform to Environment Agency certification requirements. However, the operators have said that assuming no issues are highlighted, it will be operational towards the end of March or early April. The Anaerobic Digester is now fully tested and accepting food waste.
The landscaping of the mounds of earth, which have been moved around the site, is being treated and made ready for the planting of mature trees and M & W have completed their work and handed the site to Suez.
So, where does that leave local residents? We have a chimney the size of Nelson's column with red lights, a plastic sign advertising an "eco-friendly" recycling centre and a gasifier which is clearly having commissioning problems. The only part of this installation that benefits residents is the Recycle Shop, with 10% of the profits going to charities.
Cllr Sandra Dunn (pictured at the Eco Park) and her colleagues have scrutinised the developments at the 'Eco-Park' since the idea was first mooted over 10 years ago. We will continue to question and challenge Suez and Surrey to ensure that they never lose sight of their obligations to local residents and the environment.