News In Brief: 80 Percent Back Renewable Power

Council Enforces 15 Tonne Waste Clean-Up From Resident’s Home

01-05-14(4)pio1Ealing council has taken action to enforce the removal of 15 tonnes of rotting waste from the rear garden of a resident’s home, which included flammable gas bottles, broken lawnmowers and a dead animal.

The council took action after complaints were received about potential safety hazards and fire risks at the property in Kings Avenue, Greenford.

The untidy land notice was served by the council, after several requests to clear the waste and rubbish were ignored.

Property owner, Mr Williamson, failed to comply with the notice, which requested clearance of the waste and rubbish within a two-month period.

In April 2014, council planning officers and specialist contractors entered the rear garden of the property, under powers of entry within the Town and Country Planning Act.
As council officers cleared the waste, several health and safety hazards were identified including old car parts and building waste.

The cost of the large scale rubbish clearance, which totals £15,000, will be charged to Mr Williamson and placed as a charge on the land if it is not paid within four weeks.


Executive Director Changes At Biogen

01-04-14(4)pic3Renewable energy firm Biogen announced that chief executive Richard Barker will be leaving the company at the end of June. Julian O’Neill, currently finance director, will take on the role of Chief Executive Officer with effect from today (1May 2014.)

Mr Barker made the difficult decision to resign as CEO in order to prioritise his on-going recovery from leg injuries sustained in a serious accident in February.

Since joining the business in 2009, Richard has been instrumental in taking Biogen to its position today as a leader in the anaerobic digestion (AD) market; he has also played a key influencing role within the AD industry.

Richard Barker said: “I feel privileged to have been part of Biogen¹s fantastic growth story and am proud of the team¹s considerable achievements during my time at the company. It is very well placed for the future and I am sure that Biogen will continue to see more success in the coming years.”

Julian O’Neill joined Biogen in 2011 as finance director and has worked closely alongside Richard to drive the business forward, developing a clear strategy and securing long term funding to enable the company¹s ambitious growth plans.  Prior to joining Biogen, Julian previously held senior leadership roles with Thomson Airways, Arcadia and Pizza Hut.

Julian O’Neill said: “Richard has been an outstanding leader to both Biogen and the AD industry and I am sorry to see him step down in such unfortunate circumstances. As incoming CEO I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue driving the Biogen business forward as one of the prominent players in the increasingly competitive AD market.”


80 Percent Back Renewable Power, Says Government Survey

26-11-13(5)picThe DECC Public Attitudes Tracker survey, published earlier this week (Tuesday 29 April 2014) shows that 80 percent of the public support renewable energy.

Reacting to the news Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns, Andrew Pendleton, said: “With a whopping 80 percent of the public consistently backing renewable power, and lots of projects now taking off, it’s extraordinary that some ministers are lagging so far behind the popular mood and failing to support the UK’s vast clean energy potential.

“It’s little surprise that shale gas is supported by less than three in ten people. Over-hyped fracking poses a significant threat to local communities across the UK, will do little to tackle climate change and experts warn that it won’t lead to cheaper fuel bills.

“If we want to cut emissions, strengthen our energy security and provide people with affordable power in the future, we must invest in efficiency and renewable power.”


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