Lafarge Cement is inviting local people to attend a public presentation evening on Thursday 3 April, to find out more about the forthcoming end of cement production at Northfleet cement works and the future plans for the site.
The production of ‘clinker’, the main ingredient in cement, will cease at the Lafarge Works at the end of April this year. Although grinding activities will continue on the site, potentially up to the end of 2008, the massive kilns will be stopped, eliminating gaseous emissions and dramatically reducing dust emissions by around 90 percent.
Northfleet Works manager Dave Dawson explained; “Many people are aware that cement production at Northfleet is coming to an end, but we want to fully inform our neighbours about what that will actually entail. We will be providing details on how the site will be decommissioned, what will be involved in the three-year demolition programme and the future uses of the site.”
Information will also be provided on the operation of the new £15 million cement import terminal, which has been constructed on the eastern side of the Works and is now supplying South East customers.
Dave Dawson added; “We have put a lot of work into ensuring the demolition phase, which will be regulated by the Environment Agency and Gravesham Borough Council, causes as little nuisance as possible. We will be re-using a lot of the construction waste on site, taking large scrap metal pieces out by river and continuing to monitor ambient air quality.
“In addition to the presentation there will also be various members of the Lafarge management team on hand to answer questions and discuss any concerns.”
The presentation evening is being held at Lawn Road School on the High Street in Northfleet on Thursday 3 April at 6.00 pm. There is no need to book – visitors are asked to turn up in time for the briefing to start at 6.00 pm.