Opinions and public concern over Bacton Gas Terminal
A series of interviews made by Look East regarding public opinion over developments at the Bacton Gas Terminal. The majority of the interviews are conducted by Tony Scase. Interviewees include the MP for North Norfolk, Mr. Bertie Hazell and Cllr. Charles Pitt-Steele, the local County Councillor. There are also interviews with the Vicar and with local residents. The film shows scenes of the terminal in construction and of men arriving for work. These are contrasted with rural scenes of Bacton Church and agricultural work. The issues concerning local people are made clear
Bacton Village Hall; Bacton Gas Terminal Construction Site
Public inquiry into building of the Bacton Gas Terminal
Gas Terminal; Pollution; Clean Air Act
Bertie Hazell was born in Wymondham, Norfolk on 18th April, 1907. He joined for the National Union of Agricultural Workers in 1923 and became a Trade Union organiser. He joined the staff of the NUAW in May, 1937 and was its President from 1966 - 1978. He was appointed to the Agricultural Wages Board in 1946. He joined the Labour Party in 1927. He was Secretary and Organiser of the East Norfolk Labour Party from 1933 - 1937 and agent to N.R. Tillett, the PPC in East Norfolk, in the 1935 General Election. He was M.P. for North Norfolk from 1964 until his defeat in the General Election of 1970. After World War II, Bertie Hazell moved to Yorkshire and was a member of several industrial and agricultural quangos in the area. After his defeat in 1970, Bertie Hazell was a member of the Potato Marketing Board and Vice-Chairman of the Agricultural, Horticultural and Forestry Training Board from 1972 - 1974. He was Chairman of North Yorkshire Area Health Authority from 1974 and Chairman of the North Yorkshire Special Programme Board of the Manpower Services Commission from 1978. He was created an MBE in 1946 and a CBE in 1962.
The proposal from Phillips was to build a new plant for processing sour gas. They planned to build an emissions chimney for sulphur processing which local people feared would increase air pollution. Cllr Pitt-Steele was concerned that this would set a precedent for processing sour gas in this manner. An interviewee speaks of a rain of sulphur diacid (sic), an early example of fear of acid rain before the term was coined. An interviewee also highlights what he sees as a contradiction with the Clean Air Act.
Local people feared that the plant would change the nature of the local area. The skills needed by workers meant that they would have to be brought in from outside. Therefore, homes and ancillary services would be needed to accommodate them. Local people feared that the extension of the plant could lead to the destruction of agriculture and of the holiday trade. Changes to the original planning application also led local residents to fear future intentions of the company.
See also background information for Bacton, Norfolk, 1967, Gas Terminal Public Inquiry.