Tonka’s Tin pot “Garden City”- First shots fired

 

In recent times, the unwanted “West Midlands Metro Mayor” Andy Street has been plugging his “brownfield first” house building agenda, ably assisted by his local media parrots in The Express and Star, and by the select band of semi rural elitists who consider that every new home should be built in the Black Country on any old shit piece of “brownfield” land, so long as it is well away from theirs.

I have long campaigned for urban wildlife and the few green spaces that we have left in our area, but the battle , because that is what we are now facing from Street’s insidious agenda is now a full on war. The site at Friar park was flogged off by one of the areas worst polluters Severn Trent Water and will be remediated  not by them but from a taxpayers fund controlled by Street. This is for 75o houses, so at least 1500 extra people in an already poorly served deprived area. As well as this the demise of local wildlife that has found a home on this greened area, and which is not “brownfield” at all except in name. The vile Natural England are increasingly giving licences to eradicate wildlife where they are a problem for developers, and all the legal safeguards for protected species do not seem to apply for urban areas, but are very often used by the greenbelters for reasons to stop developments in their own back yards.

Street, like every other politician is a gambler of votes. His rationale is that people in the black country will not voice their opinions about the totally unwanted and unnecessary house building programme that the dubious house building industry and their selected “black country local enterprise partnership” buddies and shills are constantly telling us “we need”.

He relies on the fact that those who live on the edge of Staffordshire, some of the DY3’ers and the Tettenhall mafia, number amongst them professional well paid jobs, and they can afford good legal advice and challenge the decision making process with judicial reviews. He knows that people living in places such as Friar Park or Tipton cannot.

The recent report ,  The Urban Capacity Review” claims that there will be a shortfall of around 27,000 homes in the Black country till 2038 and that there will be a need to release so called “greenbelt” land to make up the shortfall. The “core strategy” has now it appears been rebranded “the plan”. 

I do not know how this faceless body of bureaucrats make up these figures, but they are bullshit. We have had years of the disastrous social experiment of free European movement, which is now, Thank God ,about to come to an end. This hopefully means an end to mass migration into this part of the world, much to the lament of the house builders who like the rest of the business based remoaners, welcomed mass migration and increased breeding with open arms. There are many homes that are in private ownership that have been abandoned for years within existing estates, and it is time that all of these were seized from the “owners” with immediate effect. But of course, this is not what the house builders and their political mates want, and one notes the number of politicians who are themselves private landlords.

Mayor Street immediately hit back slamming the report, but quite honestly I believe that its publication was merely a vehicle for him to again reinforce his credentials to his “greenbelt” fanbase in readying for the election campaign in May .

The first thing to reiterate about this fabled land classification (and who made it?), is that it remains in the ownership of a tiny number of people. IT DOES NOT “BELONG” TO THE PEOPLE WHO CROW TO SAVE IT! THEY DO NOT HOLD THE FREEHOLD INTEREST AND IT ISN’T “OURS”.  It is an antiquated system of protecting the rural elite; and today serves as a cash cow for those who play at farming by sticking a few random animals on a piece of land to milk the subsidies they can get from doing it. This is now being challenged like never before with the vile meat and dairy industry under threat by people giving up meat. We do not need these industries anymore, but like the days of The Great Reform Act, there are those who profit from this lifestyle who will not let it go easily.

Streets wider statements about it being an “easy option” to build on greenbelt being taken “too many times”, are just simply untrue,and not statistically accurate- especially given the fact that the report itself states that no “greenbelt” has yet been “given up”. When making such dishonest statements, he does so largely because he can rely on his Tory fan base to quickly become outraged and start a letter writing campaign to the E/S where they will always be given a very sympathetic voice; where do the Graham family of MNA media who run the star actually live I wonder, as well as their editor and senior executives.  😕 

But soft, for what is this. Tonka appears in The Express and Star suddenly supporting the building of 14 properties located off Lower City Road and Dudley Road East in Tividale.

 

“WILL BE”- Did I miss the planning application process, or is this no longer required Mr Street

This site is the first of those promoted in the Dudley Port supplementary planning document to be put forward for housing. as part of the ludicrous “Dudley Port Garden City” that was touted with much vigour a few years ago, then quietly appeared to have been forgotten. There are things to be said about this which I have raised previously.

  • Firstly the area is NOT IN DUDLEY PORT
  • Anyone who supports the “Garden City” agenda is totally ignorant of the insidious capitalist Quaker scum who invented and promoted it for their eugenicist aims. This cult of liberal freaks are and have always been a danger to society, and their so called “think tanks” and “foundations” today still attempt to sway the political debate on the names of long dead chocolate making parasites. There is nothing altruistic about “Garden Cities”, and any politician who backs them is seriously misguided, or part of the insidious separatist  “society of friends” themselves.
  • Dudley Port and the area between Tipton and Oldbury is greatly underprivileged, riddled with rising crime and lack of open space. It appears to be a target for those who want to cash in the long held landbanking plots of land that were all for some unknown reason registered to companies based in the tax avoidance haven of Jersey.
  • Street himself claimed when I questioned him at an “ask Andy” event that he was against such tax haven societies cashing in on house building from off shore.
  • He states that “it is great to have a waterside home”  😆 Would he himself care to live in such a place, and perhaps swap the 5 bedroom , two bathroom converted Mill he has a shared ownership with Conservative MP Michael Fabricant in Wales? (at least on the electoral register to 2014) There are rumours he owns more property, but I doubt if this one would ever be one he would want to live in himself.

He appears totally and embarrassingly for him unaware of the previous history and development history of this site.

The history of this site is very dubious indeed.

Firstly the application itself offers no assessment of contamination threat, which if you are wise to this blog you will know well as to the phosphorus contaminated boat traffic that went right past this site. 

It is clear that the use of this site is not very well defined, which is surprising given that in the application it is claimed to have been in the family ownership for “three generations”.

Historic pictures show in 1965 that it appears to have been some form of automotive scrapyard, and there are plenty of contamination threats with those!

1965, Matty boat descending the Brades Locks en route to discharge hazardous cargo at rattlechain lagoon. Note the rattlechain brickworks buildings and stack still in evidence to the top left of the picture. Also the staining of chemicals on the boat. Picture Copyright David Wilson, reproduced with permission. NB application site is to the left of this and shows an effective dumping yard full of old tyres.

The other thing to note about this site is its location in history on Albright and Wilson’s toxic trail of carrying waste to both The Gower Tip, located almost on the other side of the canal, as well as Rattlechain.

It is clear to see the contamination caused to the whole canal system where the Alfred Matty boats went, as well as farther afield in The Netherton tunnel. There is more than suspicion, that early on in this operation that those manning these boasts let out this waste along the canal to save time, and the accounts of phosphorus waste where it should never have even been back this theory up well.

This dumped waste  material itself, white phosphorus, poses a very real systemic poisoning effect, as demonstrated in the deaths of birds at Rattlechain lagoon– waste that was dumped via these barges that had been there for decades and did not just conveniently disappear with time.

Note, the picture below shows this waste being carried via the Gower Brades Locks, with Fisher’s bridge in the background, and the application site to the left of the boat.

Matty Phosphorus waste boat Maureen 1972, about to descend the Brades Locks with the railway boat en route to rattechain. Picture Copyright. Roy Martin

The Gower Tip itself has of course seen some very dubious recent activity, and there is little doubt that the “garden city” scheme is fully behind this latter day too late operation that is now progressing on this site- AFTER HOMES HAD BEEN GIVEN APPROVAL FOR FUCKS SAKE!

These sites are not linkable at all.

“improved access to the two portions of the site is key to bringing forward development. in line with the garden city principles any scheme must look to provide new green streets / linkages, social spaces and sustainable / energy efficient design.”

“the severed / isolated nature of the sites presents the most significant issue to the development of the site in terms of access.”

It should be noted that this is not the first time that this site has been touted for housing, and it is important to note that Sandwell council previously rejected the application in 2005!

| REF DC/ 05/44925 Residential development (outline). | Land At The Junction Of Lower City Road And Dudley Road East Oldbury West Midlands.

N.B It is interesting to see the reasons for this refusal, and note the location and “poor air quality” being the most prominent.

It was reported that comments from the contaminated land team said that the site had “a long industrial heritage, and notes the close proximity of the nearby landfill sites, Gower Tip, Monks Tip and possibly Rattlechain! They said that a site investigation and risk assessment and remediation report would be necessary.

“a poor environment for future residents,”

I do not see how these aspects are overcome in this repeat from the same  application address, and note the earlier 2005 refusal reasons. No contamination survey has been provided and no assessment of site risk either.

On the matter of ownership of this site, having accessed the land registry records for this site, and here’s the evidence for the non tax haven liking Mayor Street, here are the details.

WM89940 LAND ON THE SOUTH EAST SIDE OF City Road Tividale Oldbury

WOODCOTE INVESTMENTS LIMITED (incorporated in Jersey) of Rathbone House, 15 Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1RB. (from 1977)

No mention of this on the application, where “Woodcote” are located at the farm address in the 2005 refused application.

I am aware that there may well be some direct connection here with the Tividale land lord trickster Sydney Sheldon, who no sooner had he gained planning permission to extend his dubious brickworks facility, promptly started to sell off many pieces of land around it, and finally the works itself. The other thing associated with the Chelmarsh conman, aside from his criminality and brushes with the law, are that many of his sites during his ownership of them appear to be associated with illegal and illicit fly tipping of dangerous chemicals. Funny old thing that, was he the innocent victim of owning land and being tipped upon, or was it more the case that he was turning a blind eye whilst filling his pockets?

It therefore concerns me that this particular site, if ever owned by Sheldon or his descendants has not been tested for any contamination.

In more recent times, I have noted my own observations about activity on this site. I well remember that nearest to the bridge and the canal, the area was very marshy and still supported a range of reedbed and aquatic growth. Here are a full set of historic google Earth images from 1999- 2019 which track the evidential changes on this site. CLICK ON EACH TO VIEW IN MORE DETAIL. It is clear to see that the site has visibly lost the greenery it had in 1999 and that a building in the centre – (what industrial use did this have?) has been demolished. TAKE NOTE- The most important of these occur between 2013 and 2016, and I will discuss these below. 

12/1999

12/2001

10/2003

11/2006

8/2007

5/2009

9/2011

5/2012

6/2013

4/2016

4/2018

5/2019

One can clearly see that between the picture taken in June 2013 and the picture taken in April 2016 that some infilling activity had taken place, in fact the evidence of the tipper truck, gravel and bulldozer are clearly in the April 2016 picture, yet none of this is mentioned in the application. WHY?

Who carried out this work?

I remember this taking place at the time, as well as the work on the lock flight which is also evident in the picture. It was  an absolute bloody cowboy job and  created the dubious gravel base that appears today. Was any planning application for this necessary and what if any wildlife site surveys took place, regards the bank adjacent to Dudley Road East?

Not long after this I also noted the arrival of what appeared to be industrial waste containing building and demolition wastes dumped right next to the pile of gravel on 17th September 2016 . I reported this to the Environment Agency at the time, as I feared an illicit transfer station was in the offing, without any formal approval.

Two piles of domestic waste left next to the pile of gravel that had been used earlier in the year.

Did the land owners give permission for this to be dumped here?

This waste was removed, but there are still remnants of the gravel pile and with the marshy area still likely underneath this, this recently disguised dumped gravel surface, together with the lack of any scrutiny of contamination from materials that would attack built foundations like sulphurous and phosphatic wastes carried in the Albright and Wilson waste stream, how can SMBC building regulations possibly approve this scheme? Certainly without such contamination surveys, I do not see how this is possible. Any phosphorus waste buried underneath this site and kept artificially removed from oxygen would spontaneously combust releasing toxic gases when disturbed. In contact with water, this would produce phosphoric acid, and another source of contamination into the air and water.

Further to this, and importantly also omitted from the application is another detail which needs some investigation. On 15th December 2017 I took this photo of a formal notice that had been pinned to the entrance of the site in Lower City Road. This appears to be from an environmental consultancy, Adler and Allan requesting that the owner of the site get in contact with a view to installing boreholes on the site for a site investigation. The purpose of this, so the letter stated was as a result of “an environmental incident in the area.”

There are clear question marks as to what this incident was, (arising or thought to be arising from this site?), or if the owner gave permission for this investigation to take place. If so, why have they not been included with the application, and I think that SMBC should request them to give details on this matter to have any confidence that this site does not pose a threat to controlled waters of the Birmingham Canal. It is clear that the cowboy recently formed “bund” to the canal is not stopping anything that could leach from this site into the canal. The quality of the infill is clearly very poor and dubious to support built foundations, and gives low confidence that contamination would not occur into the canal, especially without any survey even being carried out!

Having seen first-hand the full horrors of the Albright and Wilson shambolic operations and that some of the boat waste carriers appearing to have “lost” some of the waste as they were going along, I have to say that until such time as a full site investigation, to the foundations of the sludgy canal material has been determined, that this site is unsafe for built development. Evidence of wider contamination from this waste source along this canal is evidentially clear from past reports.

Really?

The recently published draft air quality action plan strategy from SMBC also notes the following points in regard to its much heralded  “2030 ambitions”.

Particularly relevant to this application is ambition 7. “The AQAP will encourage consideration of air quality issues at the planning stage of new residential developments to ensure that there is no conflict with other ambitions.”

Given the previous observations about this rejected application site and the dire problems of the adjacent road, I do no possibly see how this application site overcomes this issue at the planning stage. The comments made by the planning officer in rejection of this application in 2005 are quite correct, but the same applicant has still not addressed any of these issues. This site would be more suited to industrial use, in keeping with the properties surrounding it.

Having seen first hand the contamination following built developments in very close proximity to water courses like this, the effects on wildfowl and fish receptors, and especially the ignorance and incompetence of The Environment Agency to stop or even investigate these properly, I am afraid that any subsequent assessments of this site without a full site investigation must be refused.

So unfortunately for Mr Street he appears to be an appearances Mayor who welcomes built development on a site that has very little going for it, except it is “brownfield” status. He also sidles up to the worst polluters of industry such as Severn Trent Water- who flogged off their unremediated site at Friar Park recently using the devolved power cash. Meanwhile Tory party donor Jeremy Knight Adams continues to want to build a retail development on The Lion Farm playing fields. Such sites when not scrutinised I am afraid are going to cause many problems in the future if they are built on, on the say so of just one uninformed man. Wildlife, sports clubs who have “got no ground”, and local black country people can all it seems go to hell, because they have “got no fans” with team Tonka.

Perhaps his non league football stunt double would make a better choice for West midlands Mayor.   😆

 

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Happy New Year! Your Alternative toxic calendar is here.

“Le stinky.”

The alternative to Solvay’s 2020 calendar which they annually distribute around the fall out zone of their COMAH Top tier hazardous site. 

Free to download.

2020 toxic calendar

Don’t forget,

The information contained in this calendar is important- please keep it in a *safe place *(preferably not in Oldbury).  😆

 

 

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Albright’s toxic archives #23 Shaving with DEATH

It was certainly the case with their political and civic society “friends” , that the Albright and Wilson families and their company could buy anything or anyone that they wanted in the early part of the Twentieth Century. 

This is another example of one of their hapless workforce , who worked with the deadly threat of white phosphorus, in a time when health and safety did not exist, being screwed over by the society of friends from Trinity Street B69.

From 7th February 1933 the article from The Birmingham Daily Gazette, we hear the tragic story of James Walters.

Walters had worked for the company for 32 years, into his seventies, but had obviously had tooth trouble as a direct result of his work with phosphorus.

The Langley resident had felt a pain under his left ear (jaw). He cut himself whilst shaving and a swelling developed.

The doctors opinion (shit doctor) claimed that there was no infection from the teeth- yet of course how would he have found any if they had already been removed? The verdict was bullshit, and this man died of phosphorus poisoning and was probably suffering from phossy jaw, yet in the days before medical negligence solicitors, official blame being put on wealthy men employers was difficult to find.

We of course know that Albright and Wilson would later religiously spy on their workforce by forcing them to undertake tooth inspections to prevent litigation from direct phossy jaw issues. But over 40 years later after this mans death, the company medical “experts” were still lying about the dangers of P4 to their workforce, whilst making them the lab rat study subjects of their research. (Phosphorus necrosis  can only affect you if you have “weak or faulty teeth”. )  🙄 

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Chemical industry paid liars.

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The red air of Oldbury turns blue

A historic General election revealed a very surprising result in the borough of Sandwell, where West Bromwich East, and West Bromwich West- where both Rattlechain lagoon and the Oldbury chemical factory reside, swapped hands to the Conservatives.

Sandwell has been Labour controlled for far too long and there have been many things wrong here for a very long time. Cronyism and nepotism are by-words for the borough.

From my own personal observations, the political and union links with Albright and Wilson and the spewing phosphorus factory have done the people of the area no good at all- both in terms of their health, and particularly as I know, wildlife and the environment.

The voice for the community on these issues was poor with Adrian Bailey, former Labour MP for WBW, and far too often he appeared tailored in a white lab coat and accompanying safety specs appearing as Mr March in their distributed propaganda calendar and other photo opportunities, which the chemical conmen used to promote themselves as important in the community. I suppose it is a symbiotic relationship with holding such office and unfortunately, he probably felt obliged to because of the union backing dependent on so many from the Labour party and its funding.

A so called “residents group” which meets at Trinity Street really isn’t one at all, and the links of some of these people are clearly aligned directly to their own past links to this company and its financial success. I hear that not long ago to celebrate the 150th meeting, they baked a cake.  😆 Albright and Wilson/Rhodia and Solvay still provide Christmas lights in Langley, and the links with the Sandwell socialists are clearly deep.

But these people have always been out of touch, and as the uncontrolled release of phosphine gas event of 2009 proved, the statements and plans made by the company concerned were shown to be absolute garbage when they failed to even sound the toxic gas alarm. I had to go to great lengths to obtain this information under the FOIA , and it was quite clear that the regulator is on their side and not the communities. The contempt for the community by the company could not be more clear, but the elected political voice at the time was deafening in its silence, and not a word of ANY condemnation AFTER they had been convicted and fined by The Health and Safety Executive for putting people at risk from their inactions and incompetence.

We also have a situation where a number of the employees and now ex employees at Trinity Street are elected members in Dudley and Walsall councils. These people backed remain in the referendum, and were out of touch with the pro leave area. The CEO of Rhodia, ex French civil servant Jean Pierre Clamadieu has previously written letters about “the European project” and fear of losing it , which must hint that Belgian based Solvay’s activities in the UK would be under threat if the UK left the EU. Of course, that is now going to happen, and so it will be interesting to see if  this “threat”- (actually not a threat but salvation for Oldbury), results in  “the last 5 years” of Solvay in the UK, and more importantly, the end of this phosphorus polluting shithole opened around 1851. I really do hope that it is, as it is quite apparent that they have been dropping process plants and staff for some time. 

I have blogged previously about the appalling lobby industry which exists in Brussels within the EU from the European chemicals industry CEFIC, of which Mr Clamadieu has always been a big face. This is certainly the case with glyphosate. And then there are the “scientists for the EU” and “Business Europe” front groups who also believe it is Britain’s place to remain under EU control, against the will of the people where they believe that “populism” is somehow not an expression of democracy or a democratic vote, but an evil which needs to be quelled. Of course, it is the loss of the result which did not go their own way that these people just cannot come to terms with, and so their “educated” and enlightened viewpoint trumps all.

I do hope the new MP for West Bromwich West, also called Bailey, perhaps reflects on a few of these points before donning the customary white coat when invited on a tour of the factory, where he will be fed all types of bullshit about health and safety , and how important the company is to the area as an employer and in the world. Perhaps a little scepticism, a few awkward questions, a little research on white phosphorus and the evil in the world that it has caused within his new constituency by the new Conservative would be a welcome change to what has gone before. We also hope that he will not support the building of more houses next to a dangerous hazardous waste site. We hold our breath in anticipation of change and not more of the same red mist of promotional ambivalence to environmental and health issues affecting local people and wildlife. Please do not let us down. 

 

 

 

 

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Darkside Quakers/Eugenics/Arthur Albright- The travelling casual racist

“You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:14).

My view of Quakers and Quakerism has unfortunately been largely formed by the investigation into their dealings at Oldbury with chemicals. I’m sure that there are many good Quakers out there in the world today who do people no harm, and do good in the world. But as to the motives involved with those 19th and early 20th century quakers from Great Britain involved in business activities, I certainly do find grave misgivings.

When reading “100 years of phosphorus making”– the company history of Albright and Wilson, you get fed the impression that the two quaker families were peace loving, philanthropic and caring about their workers- but peel away at this and this exaggerated disguise is where the facts of the case do not show this to be true.

The activities and importance of this company and the individuals behind it have been systematically exaggerated by civic society ever since, and worse, sanitised into brainwashing the local residents that chemical incidents and health fears emanating from their factory were somehow nostalgic recollections that never did anyone any harm. Allied to this is the propaganda that Albright and Wilson’s chemicals were “indispensable” for modern life. It was therefore necessary for people living locally to put up with the fires, the pollution, and ultimately early deaths because Britain “made something” in the world. It was a piece of crap analogy put there by the Quaker friends and their stooges designed to shut down debate and criticism.  

Albright and Wilson were joined in purely capitalist ventures by other well known quaker families. There were The Cadbury family, The Fry’s, The Terry’s and Rowntrees– all involved in chocolate and confectionary. In financial circles The Lloyds’s and Barclay families. Clarkes made shoes, and as well as Albright and Wilson, Arthur Albrights’s former partner The Sturge’s  and Bryant and May who made matches.

Let’s start with the last company first, Bryant and May. There is no doubt that this company were involved in poisoning their workers with white phosphorus. Young women known as “the matchgirls” were idolised following the match girls strike of 1888 which brought worldwide attention to not only white phosphorus but also appalling factory health and safety conditions. BUT THESE WERE A QUAKER FAMILY FIRM, AND THEY DID NEXT TO NOTHING ABOUT THE ISSUE UNTIL IT PROVED TO BE A FINANCIAL AND PUBLIC RELATIONS LOSS TO THEM.

And this is where the rub sets in with the business quakers, or “the darkside quakers” as I will refer to them from now on- because their whole ethos and raison detre was about coercive control of power , monopolisation of their fields, and making financial profit for themselves. Male and exclusively white, they had all the power at their disposal.  Through gaining power in civic circles, they could make and control policy to suit their business needs like a bible bashing illuminati mafia. They were not “excluded” from the establishment, as apologists and fantasy historians of Quakerism try to present, THEY WERE the establishment! If you take a look at the number of Wilson’s from the company in positions of authority in the late 19th and early 20th century- councillors, “high sheriffs”, JP’s , sitting on the boards of health (when their dire factory pollution was destroying it), and even an MP (John Wilson), you can see how their prospects were favoured- but was it because they were somehow “better” men?

John Wilson as a “Liberal” (formerly Liberal Unionist) WTF? ,bested that modern day poster girl of the feminists and union workers Mary Macarthur  (Anderson) in the 1918 General Election in Stourbridge.

Put that in your phosphorus retort pipes and smoke it #COMREETS

Under the cloak of altruism, their real motive in providing healthcare for their workers was to ensure that if the machines broke down, they would be repaired as quickly as possible and back at work as soon as possible. A whip hand of course could have done the trick just as easily, and it is also true that quakers in Africa were involved in the slave trade- another inconvenient truth for those who like to present quakers as pioneers of slave labour repeal- if you are part of a system you are the system. The Cadbury and Rowntree family found out that the imported stuff of their chocolate was dependent on slave labour in the early 1900’s, yet delayed sourcing it from elsewhere. Later of course they would continue to make profit out of memorabilia from the death of Christ every Easter.  😆

Quakers were once called “a villainous tribe” by William Cobbett, and I do not disagree with the sentiment in terms of the darkside quaker- villains, and certainly tribal. Here are the six dark side quaker steps to achieving monopoly domination.

1Establish yourself in a town with good natural resources

2Create adoration and devotion from a workforce who see you as next to “God”

3 Take over public office, infrastructure, legal affairs to benefit your enterprise.

4Create a monopoly of enterprise whilst at the same time couple this with capitalist philanthropy.

5Establish links with and sustain this monopoly  within “a society of friends” .

6Reap the financial rewards and influence in this image of “divine masters” of commerce.

Studying their creations through fake philanthropy.

There was nothing that the dark side Quakers liked better than donating some shit piece of land to the community and workforce as a “thank you. ” Public parks were originally created by the upper classes to study the lower classes, like bird watching for eugenicists– which is what dark side Quakers really are at heart. All men are “equal” to them; that is like the white idle middle aged male union barons of today in that you are *equal with me , *but not in terms of salary or status. 😆

Another well known Quaker was  Ebenezer Howard– the architect of the so called “Garden City” movement. The catch line utopia of this Town planning concentric circle scheme is pealed away when you study how it was really about division of the undesirables from the elites in the centre who controlled the cogs. This segregation was quite deliberate, and there was nothing altruistic about Garden cities at all. It was eugenics for planners. His ideas of “greenbelt” continue to be a division line to encircle the few elite and the rich with a pleasant view, and to confine the overcrowded poor on the outskirts of towny deprivation.

Looking at founder of eugenics- a white supremacist  off shoot of  Quaker spunk Francis Galton, who is now subject of a bid  to remove his name from a laboratory and a university which previously idolised his fake science, it is possible to trace his hereditary lineage back to the “friendly” cult. Francis Galton, the racist, was the Grandson of Quaker gun maker Samuel Galton Junior, (there’s a bridge named after him in Smethwick).  Yes that’s right- “a peace lover” who made weapons of war, just as Albright and Wilson were paid for making weapons of mass destruction in both world wars which killed and maimed. FRANCIS GALTON WAS ALSO A FREEMASON.

The fascist father of “eugenics”- a quack non science of the worst order

Not only were Galton’s ideas about race, intelligence and control of breeding immoral and repulsive , they were on a par for this cousin of Charles Darwin, with the origin of the Nazi species. It is unquestionable when you look at Galton’s “work” as to how Adolf Hitler and his gang were if not inspired by eugenics and experimentation, then riding on a tandem bike with it. Take for example a letter that Galton wrote to The Times Newspaper “Africa for the Chinese.”. I apologise for his language, but it demonstrates why his ideas must be erased from history.

 

For those who do not wish to read the full printed crap- here are the key thoughts of this pre Nazi.

“My proposal is to make the encouragement of the Chinese settlements at one or more suitable places on the East Coast of Africa a par of our national policy, in the belief that the Chinese immigrants would not only maintain their position, but that they would multiply and their descendants supplant the inferior Negro race. I should expect the large part of the African seaboard, now sparsely occupied by lazy, palavering savages….”

“average negroes possess too little intellect, self-reliance, and self-control to make it possible for them to sustain the burden of any respectable form of civilization without a large measure of external guidance and support.”  Frances Galton “scientist”

Galton was clearly an expeditionary  traveller who liked to see squalor, inferiority as he thought it, because it obviously elevated his warped thinking into believing that his Godly “science” could cure such inadequacies. His testing of people, studies of individual differences, and the idea of mental health and institutions where people could be “cured” etc were no science, but just a false consensus in confirming his own superiority complex. In Howard’s Garden cities, the asylums were of course on the periphery of the towns. Many of Galton’s hours appear to have been spent eying up young girl twins as well as ladies backsides for comparisons. His listed achievements by those who profess to believe that he was a “great man” of science – fingerprinting etc, are merely just examples of how his measurements have been used ever since by the state to control and dominate others by authoritarian means. Psychometrics and questionnaires – further examples of his intrusive snooping and labelling of individuals as stereotyped groups have been used more recently as a means of data mining by scum such as Cambridge Analytica.

“Man is gifted with pity and other kindly feelings; he has also the power of preventing many kinds of suffering. I conceive it to fall well within his province to replace Natural Selection by other processes that are more merciful and not less effective.

This is precisely the aim of Eugenics. Its first object is to check the birth-rate of the Unfit, instead of allowing them to come into being, though doomed in large numbers to perish prematurely. The second object is the improvement of the race by furthering the productivity of the Fit by early marriages and healthful rearing of their children. Natural Selection rests upon excessive production and wholesale destruction; Eugenics on bringing no more individuals into the world than can be properly cared for, and those only of the best stock.”

From Francis Galton, Memories of My Life Chapter XXI. Race Improvement

His successor and protégé Karl Pearson was another who came from a Quaker background, and it is quite clear that he was an even worse racist and anti-Semite than his master.

Master and apprentice…… and Nazis in embryo

Some may consider Galton’s outward racism in comparison with Arthur Albright , “the Quaker”, unfair, but I don’t think that they are really that different in terms of attempting to change people to their way of thinking.  The Dark side Quaker was far more subtle in their approach. They appeared to like to marry from within their own business ranks (see the names above), perhaps this sealed the deal for them and also consciously  ensured business and science esoteric acumen were kept within “the society of friends”. It is quite apparent that such incestuous inter cousin marrying selected a certain hereditary gene pool. Those who marry in such arranged tightly religious closed cliques are merely following Galton’s warped thinking, in the pursuit of keeping the genes “pure”.

Albright appears to have toured extensive parts of the British “Empire” and also America, and like Galton’s,  were aimed at not leaving people alone, but attempting to change them to their own way of thinking or remoulding them in their own Godly sculpture, just as Quakers in The Midlands and beyond set up their “model villages” and “garden cities” in an attempt to preserve their Utopian fantasies with the Quaker masters at the entre of it all controlling everything. This pious British colonial “betterment” of others cannot hide this do-gooders aims- which were sowing the seeds of Quaker oats- and broadening “the society of friends”. Arthur Albright’s observations are recorded in letters, which for some reason along with other members of this family were retained in archives- probably by a dark side Quaker archivist in order to preserve the society of friends legacy.

Darth Quakerus- Arthur Albright. He’s dead now, just a memory.

One such letter to his wife Rachael is reproduced in the aforementioned company history published in 1951, and it makes for rather uncomfortable reading for the pious post war fans of Arthur. It tells of how on a trip to New Orleans he encountered a black man whilst on some personal quest to study church life and “coloured churches” 🙄 in this part of the world. As some form of early David Attenborough, Albright appears to describe the encounter in superior narrative.

Letter from Arthur Albright to his wife Rachael- referring to “a darkey”

And this is the very worrying thing about the dark side Quakers like Arthur Albright. So enamoured are they with their own self worth and self righteousness that they cannot leave things alone without somehow wanting to intervene in the belief that they ordained by God , through a superior inheritance, have some insight which no one else can see.  The problem with do-gooders like them is that their idea of “good”, instead of free will becomes a “command” into their expression of superiority through coercive control.

Albright and Wilson’s recording of their employees dental records vis a vis white phosphorus necrosis, are no different from Galton’s observational work and studies into lower classes, it’s just that the lab rat workers of Albright and Wilson were just, or remain just too thick to see it.  It is clear that Albright’s descendants, and that of John Wilson thought themselves a notch above those who served them, not least by their love of blood sports and hunting.

Us commoners and “none friends”  would all have been better off if people like him stopped trying to find their “light” in the interfering  of the lives of others.

Garden city designs. Not the only group to use a red and black and white symbol.

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The rise, fall and toxic legacy of Albright and Wilson’s Portishead site.

Portishead


The Portishead site near Bristol was built to provide increased white phosphorus capacity post war. The location was chosen primarily because of its dockside availability for the receipt of phosphate ore by sea and also adjacent power station and rail links.

It was modelled on the Oldbury plant, and it is worth mentioning here that British Agent/AW engineer  Alf Loveless would before this site was built have inspected the Nazi phosphorus factories in Germany to add to that efficiency endeavour.

The planning history of this site is typical in that it was not wanted locally, but forced upon the area by a greater authority. At this point in time, the wretched founding families were still in control of Albright and Wilson and through their positions in society could buy anything that they wanted, including planners.

AW had originally tried to look for a site in Scotland, no doubt which would have given the war dodging coward Bill Albright an opportunity to commute North for his favourite pastime of grouse shooting whilst conducting “business.” Scotland gained however from this avoided pollution  nightmare, and Portishead got it instead.

An article from The Birmingham Daily Gazette of 27th June 1950 states that lack of black country manpower was one reason why the phosphorus polluters of Oldbury chose to spread their vileness elsewhere. Cost cutting was the other. At this point in time going forward, Albright and Wilson the company were actively recruiting cheap foreign labour, particularly from Italy, whose new arrivals would ask few questions- especially about health effects from working conditions.

 

But in an age before social media and the internet, those outside of Oldbury (except the surrounding districts affected by the waft of cat piss), would have known little about their abysmal health and safety failings and impact of phosphorus production coming out of Trinity Street. Smaller councils were obviously at a grave disadvantage of accepting this industrial giant’s assurances of not causing “nuisance”. The following article from The Western Daily Press 16th August 1950 outlines that this 20 acre site factory would require extensive alterations to the existing Portishead docks and railway sidings and local roads. There would be six steel and concrete silos at 100ft high and the phosphorus furnace itself occupying 45,000 square feet. There would be an import of 200,000 tonnes of phosphate rock which it laughably states would cause no nuisance or traffic problems.

Further on in his report to the Long Ashton rural council, Mr Foster, the planner however backtracks on this. It is stated that he was treated to a tour of the dire Oldbury factory and stated that “there would be no appreciable smoke nuisance, and that there was no risk of fumes damaging crops in the area.”

One can only wonder from this if Mr Foster and co were visiting a Trinity Street site in some form of parallel universe at this point in history, or if he had been provided with a suitably  fat brown envelope just to make his false claim.

Already local people in Oldbury had suffered years worth of being a potential target at the hands of the Nazi bombers for this WW2 phosphorus producer, only to be rewarded with vile smells and pollution after 1945 in a new commercial enterprise that put their health at serious risk. There would be a problem with “smoke” and there would be nauseating problems with fires, explosions and fatalities at Oldbury. Foster would have done better actually talking to local people about their experiences of living next to a phosphorus factory with “unbearable smells”  rather than the bull shitters like the “Quaker” conman W.B Albright , but planners are seldom ever interested in the realities of a situation, just the economics of their masters.

Portishead Urban council however would not be so easily pushed aside.

From 22nd August Western Daily Press, this authority was concerned about such realities. Bristol Planning committee were to make the decision on the factory. It is clear that local opposition to the AW machine was gathering pace in the form of petitions. This is something omitted from the company history books about Albright and Wilson, like many other inconvenient truths and the manner in which their apologists have attempted to claim that they were the area. .

People were concerned that the residential area would be turned into a sprawling chemical dump, but their concerns were largely ignored by one of the worst planning reports I have ever seen.


The statement concerning “no objectionable smells” being present during the Oldbury furnace tour are again laughable. Oldbury workers themselves called it “old smokey” and the pollution was bloody awful and creaking with industrial disease. Similar claims about no pollution are again the words of a bent council officer shilling the Albright and Wilson lies. The report is one of almost total fiction, no doubt supplemented by dishonest scumbags like Loveless and Albright.

Talk about “no hardship” to local residents from fume loss are grotesque in their lack of understanding of phosphorus pollution and the insidious real dangers. Similar nonsense is spilt with talk of effluent- of course phossy water – which would prove the unravelling of the future plant at Long Harbour built after this factory.

Claims about trade waste are also lies, we know full well the types of wastes containing phosphorus dumped at Rattlechain.

Talk about good health records of workers at Oldbury are also lies. They were contracting phossy jaw well into the next decade. “Medical advisors” at A/W were unprofessional company manipulators who lied about the dangers of exposure to asbestos.

 

Another article the next day underlined the situation that Portishead council were in and also how members of the public had had little time to object to a meeting that they could not even address.

“Portishead has always been noted as a beautiful residential resort. Here you are going to stick a stinking chemical factory in the middle of it.” 

 

A further article appeared in the same paper two days later, and it is clear that the shyster Albright was doing everything possible to try to shit on local residential opposition. I wonder if the Nazi furnaces that his mate Loveless had gained industrial knowledge from on behalf of The British Government would also be made available for inspection to compare their similarity? The liar would have course submitted nothing about Rattlechain lagoon, which by now was well established, as well as the real problems that existed at his disgusting cancer and industrial disease belching anus of a factory due North.

It was clear from the next instalment of this debate on 2nd September 1950 that PDC councillors were not as gullible in falling for the AW crap fantasy stories. Unfortunately these bureaucratic multi councils were typical of the times, and still unfortunately are. PDC as representative of their immediate area wanted the greater authority at Bristol to reject the factory as it would “injuriously affect the amenities of Portishead district as a whole”. 

The meeting had once again seen the coward Albright could not give any guarantee about future plans for this factory and if more than phosphorus would be made here. As it would transpire it would not be long before that happened!

The statement made concerning health effects and the manufacture of phosphorus are totally bogus and obviously written by another bought AW shill. The effects of P4 production were well known at this time, and certainly to Albright and Wilson. The medical adviser was an imbecile. Similar statements made about effluent are also laughable. Even more so are the statements about the glow of phosphorus and naked flames from the furnaces at Oldbury, which AW claimed could be concealed at Portishead.

Claims about dust nuisance were equally bogus.

In response to the points about the effects on the wider area the real answers were

(a) The effect of fumes on residents in the area would be a persistent nuisance- as they proved to be at Oldbury. They would also be a chronic threat to human health.

(b) The effluent ,really phossy water, was a major toxic threat to fish and beaches in the Weston Super Mare area- as later evidenced by the disastrous Albright and Wilson operation at Long Harbour. Then there was of course the regular pollution to canals at Oldbury by the carriage of said effluent by barge.

We then get a comment from a “Mr Clarke” of Albright and Wilson. This was the same wretched fool that was involved in the production of AW bombs. His claims about fumes , deposits and threat to vegetation and effluent, could therefore be summarily dismissed as pure fiction. THEY WERE ALL OCCURRING AT OLBURY UNDER HIS FAILED MANAGEMENT AT THIS VERY POINT IN TIME!


Portishead council had wanted a public inquiry into a proposed factory rather than this crooked and unscrutinised deal between Albright and Wilson and planning officers. The decision however would rest with Bristol planners.

And so it was on 7th September 1950 The Western Daily Press reported that Bristol had given the nod to the Oldbury scumbags to have their way. Most telling is that this meeting was closed to the press and was only communicated to PDC after the meeting. One wonders if this was some Grand Lodge love in . Whatever it was , it was not above corrupt.

Portishead immediately called for a public inquiry. They were not given any representation at the closed private Bristol meeting. A smell was admitted by Albright and Wilson- that being a great understatement!

 

 

 

 

 

Not surprisingly, the call was turned down as The same paper reported later on 7th November. The claims that Albright and Wilson made about mitigating the effects of fumes and problems would quickly be unravelled to be pure fantasy. 

 

On 9th November another Weston Daily Press article records the official view received from The Minister at the time Hugh Dalton, an extremely weak economist in the Labour Government. His comments about phosphates being “in the national interest” are almost straight out of the mouth of Albright and Wilson themselves, and echo those of the fellow Labour rimmer in chief at Oldbury Samuel Melsom.

 

 

 

 

 

The factory was built and production of phosphorus started in February of 1954. The method of production by the electrothermal process is set out HERE.

A cutting from The Birmingham Daily Post of 13th March 1954 shows the vista that now existed at the Portishead docks- another industrial polluting blot on the landscape. The article explains how the created phosphorus – a claimed  capacity of 40,000,000 pounds would be transported by rail to their other recently built site at Kirkby near Liverpool.

 

The vertical rubber pipe on the right was part of the suction apparatus for unloading cargoes of phosphate rock, they were transferred to the long covered conveyor belt which extended to the six storage silos. The molten P4 was transferred in the rail wagons in the centre of the picture.

An important reference to this money making scheme and all of the claims that Albright and Wilson and its management had made and all that the planning officers had failed to investigate was revealed in a written Hansard question by a Mr Edwin Leather MP for North Somerset on 17th May 1954. 

It calls for action to be taken against Albright and Wilson for “certain nuisances” being caused by the factory which were of “a longstanding nature of complaints”. It also refers to failed promises being made by the company – just as was the case at Oldbury. It also refers to “the fumes” and if these were dangerous to human health. OF COURSE ALL OF THESE ISSUES HAD BEEN RAISED BEFORE THE FACTORY WAS BUILT, AND HAD BEEN IGNORED BY THE FOOLS AT BRISTOL PLANNING AUTHORITY. 

Unfortunately the mealy mouthed response from The Attorney General Lionel Heald was also typically similar of those excuses made by the Albright and Wilson political shill at Oldbury Samuel Melsom. (Ironically Heald had prosecuted the white phosphorus poisoner Louisa Merrifield the previous year). It appears that PDC had taken evidence of the real nuisance that the factory was causing, just as they had envisaged when their objections were ignored.

The “nuisance” Portishead factory of Albright and Wilson.

A decade would pass before stirrings that all was not well with the Portishead operation came to light. The Birmingham Daily Post article from 19th February 1964 stated that  the Oldbury phosphorus furnaces were to close and instead the operation focussed at Portishead in a rationalisation exercise.

This would in fact not happen and production continued at both. The Albright and Wilson move to produce phosphorus instead at Newfoundland at Long Harbour, would reveal just how damaging a phosphorus factory and its effluent problems could be when millions of fish were killed with phossy water and the area contaminated. Two new ships had been commissioned to deliver white phosphorus straight to Portishead from this new site in from March 1969, yet almost straight away the management had to take evasive action.

The ship named after Arthur Albright, unloading phosphate rock exported from Florida.

The Birmingham Daily Post of 16th May 1969 reported that both The Oldbury factory and the Portishead furnaces which had been shut down just months earlier were to continue use. It also explains the production line process of white phosphorus from New Foundland via Portishead to Oldbury.




DECOMMISSIONING AND DISASTER- AND THE RATTLECHAIN LINK

After AW finally overcame their disastrous operations at Long Harbour, it is alleged that a programme of decommissioning began of the furnaces at Portishead. This period is by their own design extremely sketchy as to what they actually did with the materials and scrapped plant . It is clear that the satellite waste dump at Strode Road Clevedon had been used for many years as a repository which contained white phosphorus, but not in a lake as at Rattlechain lagoon. Minutes of a meeting of Clevedon Town council reveal that the Woodspring district council had been told by AW in 1979 that “under no circumstances should the ground be dug up now or any time in the future.”

Three lagoons or “phossy pits”at Portishead were also said to be in operation at the factory itself in the decommissioning report which occurred many years later. Details of these however were extremely sketchy and anecdotal.

Despite no longer making phosphorus at Portishead, it was still brought there from Long Harbour. In August 1990 one of the most spectacular health and safety failures occurred when many drums of white phosphorus went up in smoke, and certainly put Portishead on the map. This is how The Liverpool Echo reported the “major incident” drama the following day.


 

It was reported afterwards that the warehouse contained more than 30 tonnes of P4 in 166 drums, each holding 200kg. The explanation into the cause was that overnight one of the drums had caught fire spreading to the others. Over 100 firemen brought the blaze under control and it was clear that toxic white phosphorus vapour and breakdown products were given off over a 15 mile area, just as they would at Oldbury some 19 years later. It apparently also set off smoke detectors in guest houses in Weston Super Mare- perhaps a throwback to one of the dismissed claims against the new factory made many years earlier.

Unfortunately as they always did, Albright and Wilson were quick to try to downplay this incident, blaming the hot weather and putting some form of “Dunkirk spirit” in the fantastical bullshit written in Albright World. They claimed that 167 drums were damaged or destroyed out of 366 held. A sandbag lake was created to attempt to contain the obvious major pollution, though what effect this had is unclear. The dock lowered by 30 inches due to the volume of water being used to fight the fire- but where did all of this heavily contaminated phossy water go back to?

It appears that Oldbury manager and PR guru Peter Bloore was sent to address a press conference and a Portishead Town Council meeting.

Despite his mild mannered calm, (of course which made him more believable to a duped crowd), Bloore was an insidious chemical industry public relations liar, who communicated and altered his knowledge with a forked tongue and a pointed tail. He personally told me that the waste at Rattlechain was “the stuff used in toothpaste” calcium phosphate, omitting any mention of white phosphorus contained within it. This same phrase was repeated by another liar- the health and safety manager at Albright and Wilson  and then Rhodia who would no doubt have learned this distorted perversion of truth from “Dr phosphorus” himself.

Some of the claims attributed to him in Albright World following this incident are quite marked to illustrate this very point.

Bloore “sought to allay many of the fears and misgivings expressed at the meeting that had resulted from the fire” yes just as Albright and Wilson had tried to do before they had brought their contaminating factory there in the 1950’s.

“Peter added that A+W’s record with drummed phosphorus over many years, in many parts of the world, has been extremely good.”

In reality concerns about this had been expressed and in the public domain.

  • At rattlechain in the 1950’s and during the time that the thief Ernest Sulley had been operating at AW.
  • There were concerns in the 1970’s about cyanide at their tips which they claimed not to have dumped there.
  • And did “Willy” Peter tell them of the white phosphorus fire at Rattlechain only months earlier when barrels had been emptied out and a white phosphorus fire had started there?
  • Did he also tell them of the insane Mike “willy” Peters who used to shoot barrels of contaminated waste with his gun on pallets at rattlechain to sink them out of sight?
  • In fact in this very week of the fire in 1990 at The Gower Tip in Oldbury, Firemen had discovered drums of phosphorus pentasulphide above the surface. What phossy whoppers this man spun for Albright and Wilson and his pension!
  • It should also be advised at this time, as an EA report in 1997 noted, that senior manager’s bonusses were linked to environmental performances. If you could pin the blame on weather, acts of God, or anything then they would try it on. You could also of course be rewarded for attempting to cover them up.

There is also mentioned the following quote by another AW liar in attendance “Dr” Malcolm Cathcart the then “company medical adviser.”  “Only short term effects were likely to have been experienced as a result of the smoke and fumes (which are not toxic) arising from the fire.”

This statement is knowing pure blatant lies.

  • Phosphorus vapour is “toxic”. It is a COMAH dangerous substance.
  • Phosphorus pentoxide is “toxic”. It is a COSSH substance hazardous to health
  • This leads on breakdown to phosphoric acid, another COSSH  substance hazardous to health. 
  • Both can cause chronic illness .
  • These are the statements about these breakdown products made by The Health and Safety Executive when they investigated the uncontrolled release at Oldbury from the 2009 fire. 

The Public Health England Guidance on white phosphorus incident management 2016 makes it specifically clear in its key points, that the oxides arising from uncontrolled releases of white phosphorus are “toxic”.

Further points on health are also clearly specific, and if the representatives of AW communicated anything less than this to their audience they were doing so to mislead them over the threat to their human health.

We have then a situation in 1990 where many tonnes of dirty toxic waste and scrap special waste contaminated material would need to be disposed of quickly- and at cheapest cost to Albright and Wilson. Portishead within a short span of time would be decommissioned, and turned into a financial gain for this company in the form of a dockside housing conglomerate.

The “early” decommissioning itself, as revealed in the later Over Arup Report was done by Albright and Wilson themselves in a closed operation. The report frequently refers to disposal of contaminated white phosphorus waste arisings being removed to a “licenced tip”, but not the name of the said tip. There is also talk of recycling some of the material and taking it by tanker to Oldbury.

Another factor to consider is a response from the Environment agency concerning an FOI request asking them about the licence at Rattlechain and when certain records of substances within the auspices of the licence were last deposited at the site.

The answer for  these amounts and waste types are very interesting and within the timescale when the Albright and Wilson “decommissioning” were taking place, and after the 1990 fire.

(iii) Can you confirm the years when returns for Inert solid waste contaminated with elemental phosphorus 1,182.35 tonnes were filed until- e.g. from start of license until which date?

 “The last reported deposit of this waste type was in October 1997.” 

(iv) Can you confirm the years when returns for Water contaminated with elemental phosphorus or phosphoric acid or sulphur 3,550.96 tonnes were filed until- e.g. from start of license until which date?

 “The last reported deposit of this type of waste was in October 1992.”

Albright and Wilson/Rhodia have stated that “scrap machinery” went into rattlechain, though are not specific as to whether all of this came from Oldbury, or elsewhere in their factory empire.

I believe it is entirely plausible that the waste crap that Albright and Wilson didn’t want from Portishead went straight down the tip to Oldbury.  There is nothing in the licence SL31 which states that the waste HAD to be from the Oldbury factory only. This is just another loophole and another way which this useless licence could be exploited, to a cost cutting solution to AW.

Within AW, they bizarrely attempted to use this contaminated site as an educational resource by showing students around the site! Asbestos amongst other things was found to be lying around in bags here as revealed in the decommissioning report AFTER these visits. If anyone reading this recognises themselves and has or does contract any serious illnesses in later life, perhaps this is a good starting point for the claims solicitors, and what conditions Albright and Wilson were operating under during their “decommissioning” and under the auspices of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 with regard to site visitors.

“He explained that, over extended periods, some chemical operations can produce long term pollution of the ground, even when all the laws , rules and regulations are entirely complied with.” (or when they aren’t like Albright and Wilson.)

“This can result in multi million pound liabilities for the future development of old chemical sites” 

Indeed, during their decommissioning, Albright and Wilson were fined for enriching radioactive phosphorus, again a hazard to human health and its workers. I have gone into detail about this HERE. Bloore and co showed around more students in another “Albright World” article telling them more tall stories and also about how the plant at Portishead had started to be decommissioned as soon as the furnaces there had been shut down (in 1972).

Bloore amongst others stands next to what I believe to be one of the water filled phossy pit with a group of students

I have gone into depth looking at the decommissioning report, after AW had finished their messing around at the site HERE. It has to be said that some of this process leaves some questions behind as to where Albright and Wilson’s white phosphorus contaminated material went to, and whether any of was just buried and left behind. As with other sites, including rattlechain, Albright and Wilson told the consultants what they wanted to tell them, leaving many blank spaces and questions about their commercial activities when they operated as a factory. Covered up but not totally were all of the unsafe practices, the dangers to health of workers (eg loose asbestos tipped in with “domestic waste”) as well as the threat to public and environmental safety- all the things that had been raised by Portishead council back in the dark days of 1950.

From out of a vile polluting phosphorus factory, that most of Portsmouth didn’t appear to want, came a new marina housing complex. Once again Bristol City Council were involved in the scheme. Perhaps Portishead is the Albright and Wilson bastard child that finally got “cleaned up”- but only perhaps to another of their bastard sites elsewhere…….

 

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Albright’s toxic archives #22 Albright’s bluestone blues

 

Albright and Wilson’s waste disposal activities did not just extend to pumping toxic slurries and burying drums at their own tips. They also offloaded hazardous waste to some dubious entities involved in “waste disposal”- one of these being “Bluestone chemicals Limited” based in Wrexham.

Bluestone had been granted a waste disposal licence to operate a transfer station/ come recovery operation in January 1994. Albright and Wilson were perhaps their best known “customers”.

It appears that this arrangement had cost AW nothing, yes that’s right , most people would ask questions about such an arrangement, but like many things involving this odious Oldbury polluter, including the infamous cut and shut rodder assembly that led to the uncontrolled release of phosphine gas off site in Langley in 2009, they were all about penny pinching and cutting environmental standards.

An article in the ENDS report dated 1st December 1998 confirms and sets the scene about this fiasco.

“Saga of Wrexham chemical waste stockpile continues

“The Wrexham waste treatment firm which accepted thousands of drums of chemical waste from Albright & Wilson (A&W) free of charge – only to find that its recycling process would not work – has now gone into liquidation. A&W is still refusing to say whether it will fund the site’s clean-up – preferring to see if Bluestone’s former directors succeed in a bid to reprocess the waste under a new name.”

The report reveals that A&W saved a six-figure sum by sending its waste to Bluestone, avoiding high landfill fees for the difficult wastes. The copper chrome catalysts and fatty alcohol recovery process of bluestone was rubbish. Between the three years of 1994-1997, not long before AW were heading for take over by Rhodia, they offloaded 2,000 tonnes of waste to the Welsh boyos.

The company had been officially wound up with a high court order, yet the directors had already attempted to set up another company (oh how easy it is), to transfer the waste management licence to the new phoenix company.

It appears that, as per usual from the article, the dishonesty of Albright and Wilson was apparent in that they had originally claimed that the waste had not come from them.

“We and the Environment Agency are very keen that this material should be recycled rather than dumped,” the spokeswoman said. “But if [landfill] is the only option then that is what will happen.”

A&W is still refusing to pledge funds to cleaning up the site should its “technical cooperation” fail to bear fruit. “We cannot comment one way or another” on who would pay, the spokeswoman said.”  🙄 

This is perhaps typical of the chemical industry at large. The waste disposalists are the igor to the white coated Doctor Frankensteins, waiting to unleash a  monster onto an unsuspecting public and environment. Personally I believe the highly dodgy arrangement with this crap contractor should have landed AW in the dock. The “duty of care” was none existent.

A further complication of this sorry episode was revealed in an Environment agency article, which I retrieved in the early days of the internet in 2001. At this point in time, with the deaths of many birds at rattlechain, I was looking into the activities of this company and what they were dumping, or may have dumped at their “premier” landfill site in Tividale.

I even raised it at one of the meetings we attended at Trinity Street, where Health and Safety manager Tom Dutton said that the barrels had not gone to rattlechain, but the issue with Bluestone had been “embarrassing for the company”.  😳

The article explores the legal complexities of what happens to toxic waste when a company goes bust, and the issue of the licence and the waste itself. It also reveals the total failure of the regulators to get tough with failing companies like Bluestone chemicals and instead give them time and space to continue their failing operations. It is clear to me from many instances that this arrangement is simply not the job of a regulator and that they are more interested in protecting failed businessmen and their shit business model than they are the general public and the environment. If a company is clearly failing, then their activities should be stopped immediately. The fact that the article states that many of the 7,000 drums on site were corroding and stored in the open, is an admission about the failure of The Environment Agency and their predecessor as a regulator to regulate this site properly, just like the failures of EA staff to regulate the scumbags at Trinity Street properly over many years at Rattlechain.

 

A further ENDS article from 31st March 2004 reveals that the eyesore of AW’s cheapskate dumping had finally been sorted.

“Chemical waste stockpile in Wrexham finally cleared

The Wrexham waste treatment site that was abandoned in 1998, leaving behind thousands of tonnes of chemical waste, has finally been cleared thanks to funding from the Welsh Development Agency and the persistence of the neighbouring business Brake Engineering – which bought the site but ended up having to contribute more to the clean-up costs than it had anticipated.”

And just to be clear again

“Around half the drums remaining on site came from chemicals firm Albright & Wilson, now part of Rhodia, which had handed the waste to Bluestone without paying a penny. The other half of the stockpile which had funded the plant build came from Germany, the Netherlands and the Philippines. “

It appears that this is one of the rumoured non disclosures that Albright and Wilson made to Rhodia when they took over the company, with the French monsieurs unaware of the environmental liabilities that the Warley wonders had left behind for them. It is stated that Rhodia finally coughed up £200,000 for the disposal of the remaining 1,506 tonnes of waste it had delivered to Bluestone- that perhaps serves them right for thinking they could just dump it for free to start with. One should not have any sorrow for Rhodia, they were as shit an operator as AW, and just as economic with the truth about their waste disposal activities, with the same people largely at the helm.

The only casualty of this episode, for which there appears to have been no justice at all is the neighbouring firm Brake engineering, and in particular their responsible director John Willis who had bought the site when the dubious directors at Bluestone had simply attempted to restart their failed business by a different name. Despite some help from the Welsh Development Agency, this small business, through no fault of their own were landed with a sizeable bill for clearing the rest of the crud left behind.

“There’s also the time that we as a small business have expended in dealing with this nightmare, which has been brought about by a series of bureaucratic blunders,” he says. Much of the difficulties can be traced back to the council’s role in granting a waste site licence to Bluestone in the early 1990s.

Mr Willis puts his costs since the WDA grant was agreed at £91,646, in exchange for which he now owns land worth an estimated £50,000. “We cannot leave matters as they are and are pursuing a more equitable settlement as we are the injured party in all of this, and have ended up paying a lot more than the site is worth.

One is reminded of the claim made by Albright and Wilson in The Environment Agency audit of the Oldbury factory in 1997– when they were still offloading hazardous chemical crap for free to Wrexham.

Albright & Wilson place the highest priority on the protection of its employees, customers, neighbours and others who may come into contact with, or be affected by, its operations or products. This is the guiding principle of our Health, Safety and Environment Policy.”

WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT!

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West Midlands DOOMWATCH sites

 

When site licensing for waste disposal sites was introduced following The Control of Pollution  Act 1974 , it was hailed as a means of preventing pollution from occurring. It was however a false dawn and an utter failure.  Site licences were issued by The West Midlands County Council from 1977 with an SL prefix, then number attached. Some of these were “contentious licences” in that they were subject to legal arguments between those applying for them and the regulatory authority.

Licences referred to different authorisations of facility-  landfill, subterranean disposal, treatment plant, transfer station or incinerators.

In a report written in 1978 as part of a structure plan for the county, it is revealed that the area covered 89,000 hectares (22,000 acres), with approximately 9,000 industrial manufacturing companies. It notes “Many of these industrial processes, such as chemical and metal finishing, give rise to a wide range of wastes, which include highly toxic materials.”

It estimated from the survey that the West Midlands industry  produced approximately 2,500,000 tonnes of waste! Of this some 480,000 tonnes were “hazardous wastes. “

The largest amount of waste it notes came from the Sandwell area in the form of foundry sand being produced from the manufacture of castings and slags from iron and steel production.

Numerous site licences had been issued at the time of the report to private sector concerns, and are noted by area and type in the table below.

As has been seen by the wording of many of the WMCC licences , including SL31 for rattlechain lagoon, the  interpretation of these were very ambiguous and poor. They didn’t do the job that they were supposed to.

Following the demise of the WMCC in 1986, Walsall Council run  “West Midlands Hazardous Waste Unit” took over the role issuing more licences , and then from 1990 The Environment Agency came on the scene. When many of these industries using these infernal sites went bust, they were mothballed and forgotten about, some long after the disastrous idiots at the WMCC had departed.

As time went on, these SL licences were renumbered, some becoming environmental permits, and many of the conditions as well as chemicals deposited into them were forgotten. Even worse in recent times, the records were removed from public scrutiny by the EA on their “what’s in your backyard website”. This coincided with the drive to build more homes on these dire “brownfield” contaminated and polluted unsuitable sites and the new national planning policy framework did little to stop that, in fact it directly encouraged it.

This lack of historic record is truly frightening, but tailored to the liars and conmen in the housing development industry where 50cm of topsoil can “cure” all of the contamination underneath from the past . The calls to “relax” the planning laws are made by those who will profit directly from building new houses. None of these people would ever choose to live in a house built on one of these SL sites, or anywhere near them. THEY ARE NOT “SAFE” .

Coming by historic landfill information has never been more difficult, and I have come across it time after time locally that people who have bought houses on or near to these sites are clueless as to what was there before, and were NOT informed by the developer crooks who sold them the house as to what it was formerly built upon. It appears to suit the equally crooked solicitor industry that such information is obtainable by them for a large fee.

save my precious greenbelt

 

Unfortunately the political class appear intent on “brownfield first”. Those such as Andy Street, the non wanted metro Mayor of a poor man’s reinvention of the WMCC and others living in the more affluent areas of South Staffordshire and Wolverhampton, (and if they really think that they have “made it”, Malvern or the Derbyshire Dales),  witter on about “their precious” greenbelt. They appear to think that the black country should take all the new houses and that the cancerous contaminated land is somehow “ripe for development” or “shovel ready”. Of course the Tories want to land bank in their voting homelands whilst foisting new build targets into Labour dominated overpopulated areas. Labour on the other hand are intent on allowing building on their sites because of their total mismanagement of public funds over many years, blamed on the cuts and austerity, so take the Conservative Government handouts when they are given for allowing more building on unsuitable “brownfield”. Council tax is raised by new house building, but little new infrastructure appears, thus restarting the drive to sell off more land. We appear to be divided by the political classes “greenbelt”- it is phoney concept and an invisible line introduced by those who want to keep these divisions and the common out.  

Take for example the recently announced land sell off deal between Severn Trent Water- one of the worst regional environmental polluters in the area, Sandwell council and The West Midlands Combined authority. Land off Friar Park is set to be turned into housing , but I wonder what the environmental surveys will find in the drive to protect the purse strings of the green belt last zealots?

Many of the SL licenced “brownfield” sites- former toxic waste dumps, transfer stations and landfill sites in disused marl pits have already been re-landscaped or built on top of to hide the former use, and some have greened over producing a “greenbelt” for wildlife in the urban areas, bulging with over human population. None of the main parties who call for “brownfield first” are  friends of urban wildlife or their habitats, but somehow see wildlife as a convenient pawn to stop development in their own affluent areas. WELL HERE’S SOME NEWS YOU SELFISH SWINE- IT DOESN’T JUST LIVE IN “THE COUNTRYSIDE” WHERE YOU LIVE. 

It is a disgusting statistic that Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population , just morally wrong.  The Duchy of Cornwall estate for example owned by Prince Charles has an area of around 135,000 acres, that’s plenty of space to build some new council estates.

Hey Charlie, pass us yer Duchy on de left hand side!

😆

Yet what Andy Street and co do not appear to appreciate is that many of the “brownfield” sites that they want to build on in the West Midlands have already seen houses built right up to the fence line of a previous landfill past, as though the pollution somehow stopped there at a flimsy chain link fence, and that digging up a site over 40 years after it was abandoned is somehow “safe” just because some liar of a consultant and their made up laboratory reports appear to  find no contamination of concern. Of course when you know from the site licences and anecdotal evidence what was tipped in there and in what quantities, and how the site was “restored” ,if at all, these laboratory reports must be bloody magic, as all of the contaminated materials appear to have mysteriously disappeared with time.

  • How are people going to be protected from these areas being dug up with chemicals coming to the surface and into the air, or through polluted groundwater?
  • Did they buy their homes near to a licensed site, only later to find out that it is on some “call for sites” list?
  • What effect will such developments have on people who have medical health conditions such as asthma?
  • Silica dust/asbestos fibres and the like is not stopped by a flimsy screen or watering the dust thrown up out of the ground. But it will also not show itself in terms of impacting on human health for many decades, after the consultants ,the dodgy developers and the political facilitators are long gone. 

And do not for one moment be fooled by the political classes boasts about “innovative technology” being able to “clean up” these sites. I saw first hand one of these contaminated brownfield areas strewn with toxic barrels and spewing waste being “cleaned up” by “ultra heat treatment”, only to see it disappear down a brook course, into a pool and then funnelled away via the River Tame. It’s effect on wildfowl was devastating, but the EA and the council just looked the other way having achieved their task of removing the contamination from their flagship new housing estate. The company behind this and their “technology” were a total fraud. 

In an attempt to stop this, I have started a list of historic landfill SL sites in The West Midlands County, in the hope that anyone reading this for a specific location can make enquires and find out more about what was dumped at a particular site near to their homes. Once you have the location and the SL site number, it then becomes easier to find out more information about the chemicals that were allowed to be tipped there.

It is possible to ask a Local Authority and The Environment Agency for these licences via a Freedom of Information Act/Environmental information regulations Act request, especially  given that they still hold them but clearly do not publish them for the reasons of protecting the crooked housing developer industry as highlighted above. Join the website whatdotheyknow.com whereby the information and these licences will then be put in the public domain, instead of hidden away in a civil servant shills filing cabinet.

Here are the direct links to asking the 7 local WM authorities questions about these contaminated land sites.

BIRMINGHAM

COVENTRY

DUDLEY

SANDWELL

SOLIHULL

WALSALL

WOLVERHAMPTON

Of these, Walsall is by far the most open with their historic dumping past, and some of the old licences appear on their website, though are not complete.

AND HERE IS THE DIRECT LINK TO ASK QUESTIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY. 

A sample request can be found HERE. Just copy and paste and substitute the site licence and area involved.

The Doomwatch spreadsheet below shows the SL site number, operator and location of their issue. This is not an exhaustive list, but I have spent a great deal of time on it using different primary  sources. It is a work in progress and will be added to on a page on this website as and when more information comes to light. I have also obtained some of the original licences and the links to these are available. N.B Not all of these sites are comparable in terms of danger. Some tips did not contain “hazardous wastes”, but with the licences so vaguely worded it was possible to exploit this, and it also does not account for what was dumped there BEFORE the licence was issued. Generally, the earlier ones passed by the WMCC were the worst of the lot and the most contaminated.

SITEBLIGHTWMCC

Putting the information back into the public domain

I will over the course of the next few months be looking at some of these SL licences and the contentious issues surrounding them, and what remains of these areas today. Unfortunately, the politicians think that time has made people forget what’s in their backyard and what lies beneath- well fuck you suckers, you are going to have a hard time from me to ruin your little house building schemes.

This website will always campaign against building houses on top of contaminated areas, and anywhere near to them such as those next to Rattlechain lagoon and producing so called “garden cities” and “urban villages”. These terms are political spin, from people who would not themselves ever choose to live or bring up their families anywhere near to a former WMCC licensed landfill site.  

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Captain Ahab on the chain

I have always been a big fan of the website “Captain Ahab’s watery tales”. It is probably the best canal blog around, packed with local history information about lost arms of the BCN canal network and beyond. I have used some of the information as a guide to my own research into the areas affected by Albright and Wilson’s operations when the waste from their factory was transported by barge to rattlechain lagoon.

“Captain Ahab” , AKA Andy Tidy has also produced several videos on youtube which show through illustration and reconstruction what is left of some of the lost waterways today.

The purpose of this post is to showcase a very relevant video post about the chemical arm and “The Oldbury Loop” -which strongly mentions the transport of the phosphorus toxic waste and the journey it took along the canal.

Andy visits both the entrance to the Houghton Arm, and stops along the way at key points, and his final destination is everyone’s favourite toxic waste dump.  😛

It is at least refreshing to know that I am not the only person who has come to the logical conclusion that building new houses next to a site such as this is very questionable. Andy is far more articulate than myself in summarising the situation, so if you do not wish to plough through the mish mash jigsaw puzzle of content I have put on  this website to uncover the past misdemeanours , you could do no better than watching this video to demonstrate what I am trying to say, in just many fewer words,  😆

 

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Do panic Captain Mainwaring!

 

On Friday, Solvay “tested” their air raid siren alarm, supposedly an implement to warn the general public about an emergency on the site such as a fire or release of chemicals.

This annual event receives much publicity in the preceding days, yet from the looks of some of the comments on social media, it seems as though many people are completely baffled as to what they are supposed to do if it is ever sounded.  😆

Famously of course, when there was such an incident in January 2009, Rhodia as they then were, were caught with their pants down and failed to sound this alarm to warn the public about the uncontrolled release of toxic gas following a fire, which went off site- namely phosphine. They claimed in The Health and Safety Executive report , released only as a result of this website’s efforts, that West Midlands Fire Service had told them not to, (wait for it), in case it panicked the public!

I approached Langley green with caution in the lead up to the sonic blast being sounded.

This station of course once had a private sidings leading into the Albright and Wilson works to deliver white phosphorus and chlorine- one of the main reasons why it limited new buildings in the immediate vicinity for decades.

A little further on in the turn to Station Street, the “quality” and “beautiful” homes being built just metres from this TOP TIER COMAH SITE are progressing nicely. I wonder what fools will eventually want to buy them?  😆

There appeared to be little evidence of any activity on the Solvay main carpark, built on top of the mill pool area around 1990. In years gone by, Albright and Wilson would put on a display of “training” with their special friends at West Midlands Fire Service, but I saw no such appliances anywhere in the area on this occasion.

All quiet on the Western Front

There was however some steam or smoke coming from one of the plants.


Elsewhere from my vantage point it is clear that demolition works are proceeding a pace near to Trinity Street, the line that bisects the works into “topside” and “bottomside” that the local wigs called “the Oxford”- don’t ask me why, boring history lesson.

 


 

As the countdown began, I began to start filming the moment for posterity, and have to state that I had never actually heard the alarm first hand so didn’t really know what to expect. And then it came as I started to do the voiceover which speaks for itself…..

do panic captain mainwearing!

Solvay testing their alarm. A bit late as they don't sound it when there is a real toxic leak.

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This air raid siren is a direct throwback to World War Two when Albright and Wilson were a Ministry Of Supply factory making phosphorus weapons such as the useless AW bombs.

I recall my Dad once saying to me on hearing this many years ago in a film “that’s a sound that I hope you never have to hear.” He was one of many children who was evacuated out of The West Midlands industrial areas during the war to the countryside to escape the blitz. Whereas some areas local to Oldbury were bombed , in West Bromwich, Tipton, and of course devastatingly in Coventry, the AW factory unfortunately wasn’t hit.

I’m sure this annual event brings back terrifying memories for many elderly people today still, particularly those who were children and saw the devastation that went with it. So why perpetuate this garbage into the 21st Century, and what do people of today even make of it, or know what they are supposed to do? There are no Anderson shelters at the bottom of the garden, and no need to switch out the lights.

Albright and Wilson for many years were happy to exaggerate their role in the war, with war dodgers like WB Albright poncing around with the rest of the works management in the 8th Worcestershire Home Guard. A WW2 unexploded bomb case exhumed in 1990 on the car park used to proudly hang in the reception area to the building , but Rhodia on their takeover decided to remove it. Perhaps the reminder of the woeful retreat of two World wars was too much to take for the monsieurs?

For some reason, Sandwell council were happy however to big up this event on their social media. No less than three posts on their facebook page warned of the alarm being sounded. They even plugged the private foreign owned company again filming a video outside the council house as a backdrop. But why?

I put a comment off this, with factual information about the 2009 incident, with a link to the HSE report and what Rhodia had claimed.

For some reason, the person in SMBC comms team in charge of social media removed this post, and for no valid reason whatsoever. It is true and accurate information, but appears to show what I alluded to in a previous post about censorship and attempting to gatekeep for this large industrial polluter. The Labourite/union links to this company in Sandwell and beyond run very deed, and they have become blinded by this , blocking all opposition and freedom of expression.

Their activists and supporters not only penetrate into “friends of” groups , but also local (selective) history groups and civic society groups, all pedalling the same bullshit as to how “great” Albright and Wilson were. Public funding has promoted this lie on the internet and in books, and it is a disgrace, but I will continue to provide all relevant links to expose this company so that their propaganda can be challenged. They are a dying force , and till the last one of them has croaked, either from the chemicals that they breathed in working for the said company or through old age, the memory of Albright and Wilson continues to be extinguished with every new day as to how irrelevant they really are to the area’s future.

I predict , that in the not too distant future, Solvay and the entire factory will close down and relocate abroad. It is on the cards. Their factory gets smaller and the workforce lighter every day. Perhaps that’s why they want to try to remind people of the war- implementing fear, solidarity and “community” from a different age when they “ran ” Oldbury.

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