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Welcome to Inside Out South West, stories from or where you live.


Tonight, battle of the burner, one woman's campaign to stop a waste


incinerator being built in Plymouth. I am afraid I have become a number,


it is a simple case of not in my backyard -- become a NIMBY.


The astonishing courage of injured Royal Marine, Mark Ormrod. I get up


every day and just live my life, because it could have been over in


an instant. And the fight for Goonhilly. Everybody I have spoken


to said, yes, go for it, you have to save it, it is a global icon.


critical bid to launch a new future for Cornwall's space station. I am


Sam Smith and this is Inside Out 1 Inside Out, we bring you stories


from close to home, but our first tale is a little too close for some


of the people in this part of Plymouth. Because there are plans


to build a waste incinerator just down there, plants which have got


one local woman really fired up. -- plans which have. That woman is


Donna Ruiz. She is facing her worst fears. It is like the jaws of hell.


Donna is furious that an incinerator similar to this is


planned 500 metres from her home. You are basically building this


thing in my back garden, and I have no choice, nobody asked for my


permission. Donna is campaigning against the proposed plan that


incinerator. Signatures are great, thank you very much. Any bit of


wind and it will take the dust to you. That's really bad.


Incineration is not the answer, there has to be a better thing.


wants the plan abandoned. This is my family, this is the next


generation. Their children are going to be affected by this


horrendous incinerator that is on our doorstep. Back in March,


Devon's council signed a 25 year contract with developer, MVV, but


the project has not been given planning permission yet. If we can


make everybody aware of what is happening on their doorstep, I


think we can win. This is the proposed site, land currently owned


by the Navy on the edge of Devonport dockyard. This then


becomes your land again, and our secures own, and your grade one


fence, is along the southern edge here. The developers want to start


building it next year. They are determined to win the backing of


councillors, for what they say is an urgently needed facility. This


is not a dark satanic mill, it is a very modern, highly controlled


piece of process equipment that is doing a very valuable job,


diverting waste away from landfill, where it isn't the right place to


be. The closest houses would be 62 metres away. On the average day,


there would be 264 lorry movements, one every 2.5 minutes. That anybody


could come here and disrupt a whole community, take away our fresher,


our held off... Our life, really. - our health. The developers says


such fears are unfounded and it will comply with tough


environmental standards. It could also supplied the dockyard with


cheap, steam generated power, which would effectively saved the


taxpayer �400 million over 25 years. But the price of that is to cite


the burner in a densely populated area. Dunn and her girls are


waiting to meet one of the councillors who awarded the


contract -- Donna and her girls. need to know if he can live with


the decision that it is going to be built in an area where there are 10


primary schools. Donna seizes her chance to put her case to


Councillor Roger Croad. On a nice summer day, children playing in the


playground, chimneys smoking 1,000 metres from their playground, are


they safe? I would say that they are. The Health Protection Agency


have given us the all clear on this. The Environment Agency will look at


the permit. They will tell us whether this is safe or not. I have


no question that with the other 400 plants that are in Europe, the


technology is safe. Councillor Croad agrees to display Macie's


drawing that counts in all, but Don is not satisfied. -- at County Hall.


I am not convinced he would be happy for his grandchildren to


attend a primary-school where the movements of 300 odd lorries are


happening, yards from their playground. This is happening for


financial reasons. No health has Dr Dick van Steenis is a retired GP.


He believes babies living downwind of incinerators face an increased


risk of dying before their first birthday. His analysis of infant


mortality data has not been published or checked by experts, it


is far from conclusive. But he says the figures are worrying. When you


look at the health data, we have nine different health Parameters


per electoral ward and in London we have five different maps with five


different outcomes, and it is the same map for the lot. There is no


way it could be explained by anything other than incinerators


causing it. The Health Protection Agency said plants which are well


run and educated at are not a significant risk. But it is


planning a study of babies born near incinerators, something that


Dr van Steenis says he has been suggesting for years. I think they


are highly embarrassed and it is a good sign they are promising a


study at least, because it shows they are worried sick. More


concerned than ever, Croad is on her way to Germany, to see


incinerator technology for herself. It is the first time she has left


her children in six years. This is not something I normally do, I am a


mother, two little girls, we get along with our lives as best as we


can. I have involved my girls, I am fighting for their life.


The good girls, and have fun. -- Be Good girls. MVV's sites near


Leipzig is about twice the size of what is proposed near Plymouth and


she is chose it -- shown around by the man in charge. Dr Hoffman.


are very close to the equipment, it seems to be quite big. If you are a


bit away, it does not seem so big. If you are going to compare it to


the site in Plymouth, the nearest house is 62 metres, they are very


close. That is very close. Plymouth, the waste delivery area


would be enclosed to reduce noise and smell. That was a bit stinky,


possibly not as bad as I thought. My been day after a fish supper,


possibly. -- being -- bin collection day. Donna has shown how


-- is shown how pollutants are removed. We have 1,000 all more of


these bags. The air is sucked out of the middle. All of the gas that


has the pollutants we don't want to go into the atmosphere gets stuck


on the edge of this bag, which is a very efficient materials. The air


is drawn up, it is very clean now, through a flan and -- a fan and


taken up the stack. Some gases make it through the filter systems but


they are monitored to make sure they stay below EU limits. Can I


ask you to have a look at the stack and tell me what you can see?


mean nothing coming out of the top? It was a prompted questions.


assure you there is hot gas coming out of that, and it is very clean.


These houses are 450 metres from the incinerator. That is the


distance from Donna's home to the Devonport side. There is a proposed


planning of an incinerator near where my family and I live in


England. It is MVV. You live near an incinerator which belongs to MVV.


Did you ever have any concerns when the proposal went through? No, she


says. I don't hear anything, I don't smile anything. Do you ever


freer -- feel you are too close? TRANSLATION: I really need to say,


we don't notice anything much at all. At the start of her journey,


Donna was against incineration anywhere. Now she is just against


it in Devonport. Before this programme, I did not know the word


NIMBY. I was introduced to it by being on this programme. And I


didn't want to be seen as a NIMBY. But after being here and seeing the


site where this incineration plant is, I am afraid I have become a


NIMBY. It is a simple case of, not in my backyard, because they are


better sides than the one at Devonport to build this incinerator.


Back in Plymouth, Donna's girls are waiting with a warm welcome home.


For the sake of their futures, Donna is unwilling to embrace


current plans for a burner in her backyard.


Next, in this week of remembrance, we have the inspiring story of Mark


Ormrod from Plymouth, a 28-year-old veteran of Afghanistan, who has


Mark Ormrod is heading to the Commando Training Centre at


Lympstone in Devon. It is a place where no one that passes through


ever forgets. Every time you come back, you get the old not in the


pit of your stomach. When you approached the gates. I think


everybody goes through it. This is where it all started, this is where


you went through the pain and the shouting. Learning everything from


Now this former marine is learning from scratch, all over again. Mark


Ormrod is a triple amputee, the first to return to the UK from


Afghanistan. He is back at Lympstone not as a casualty, but as


a campaigner for a charity he cares passionately about.


I believe in their mission and what they want to do. I have seen first


and, one of the most seriously injured going back from a task done,


how they help. -- coming back from Afghanistan. He works for the Royal


Marines Association, celebrating its 25th anniversary. He has a


fantastic sense of humour. I think he makes people realise that no


matter how bad they think their life might be, it could be an awful


lot worse. But he is actually The RMA provides welfare support


not just to serving troops but to veterans of all conflicts. For Mark,


this anniversary get together means two days of book signing,


schmoozing and being on his feet. Good morning, how are you doing?


It's quite a challenge. Around Christmas, I discovered that if I


it stood on the spot and did not walk around, I got infections in my


leg. I have not had it since, but I have to be mindful of it. I could


not stand for many hours without moving around and getting the blood


pumping it through my legs. And big news back home means he can't even


let his hair down in traditional commando style. I got to behave, I


can't drink because might wife is away so I am on call. Mark's life


changed forever on Christmas Eve 2007. On patrol in Helmand, he was


blown up by a Taliban IED, an Improvised Explosive Device. His


recovery was astonishing. start! -- I am stuck! He took


himself to the US for intensive rehab on prosthetics and just three


years after losing his limbs, took part in a fundraising run across


America. Yes! That was it! I can't tell you what I am feeling, I'm so


proud. And not for Mark an expensively modified car, just a


3.50 sanding block to line the accelerator up with the break and a


remote control for his leg. Beep twice. Now it is stark. Now I can


literally break, accelerate. -- use the brakes. Mark's off to collect


some VIP guests. The trouble is he's something of a celeb himself.


I just can't tell you what a privilege it is to meet you. I


wanted your book, but you had gone. I want you to send it for me.


problem. I'm going to go to the gate and the right back down.


we be? Where d one me to be? Best of the today! Did you see that?


the hall, veterans are gathering to hear Mark's story. He's to speak


for an hour on his feet. You are surrounded by a bunch of


testosterone driven men. You don't want to be a let-down to them. I


don't care how much it hurts to stand up for an hour and do it


properly. How long have we got? minutes. Many in the audience will


have their own war story, but Mark's is pretty special. I want to


get into the prime position myself. -- I detonated and I E D. I was


like, really? Is this really happening? My adrenalin system


kicked in and there wasn't much Sean, the commander, I told him to


shoot me because I did not want to go back without anything. Lucky the


meat he didn't. The charity needs the boost Mark can give it. Like


some of the other small military charities, its efforts have been


somewhat overshadowed by the fundraising giant Help for Heroes.


But what many people don't realise is that Help for Heroes doesn't


help heroes injured before 9/11. The British Legion and other


organisations have veterans from other conflicts and their needs are


as great as the lads who are being injured today.. Back in the hall,


Mark describes the pitfalls of being one of that new generation of


casualties. I seem to have created my own sport out of it while I


guess it could be called disabled a boxing, all it could come to that.


I park in a disabled parking spot and people walk past and go, tut


tut. And then they carry on walking. When I get out of the car and go to


the cash machine, I go, morning! is an absolute, total inspiration.


Everything he does, he handles with such aplomb. Nothing is a problem


to him. The talk went well, but Mark's on the move again. Richie's


worried he's overdoing it. You can change the resistance in this


hydraulic. One of the things about Mark is that he pushes himself


really hard. Which days are you better with? Not that I would admit


that to him because he would probably sat me! Outside they're


getting ready for the annual parade. Mark takes a moment to visit a


memorial to fallen comrades. Humbled, very fortunate and lucky


to be alive. This is what stops me moaning. This is why I don't get up


in the morning complaining and why it when I have a sore leg, I don't


moan about it. I get up every day and live my life. It could have


Mark is happy to use his remarkable story to help the RMA. Since I have


worked for them and seeing the good they do and how they help people


and change their lives, it is my mission to spread the word about


this organisation and let everyone know how they have supported me.


The weekend's been a big success. Mark has just one complaint.


can't wait to tear the sitter off and get back into my scruffy shorts


and T-shirt! Mark heads home to await the arrival of his new baby.


His biggest challenge now? I am delighted to say mark is now


the proud father of a baby boy called Mason.


It's been a nail-biting week for South West entrepreneurs. Some have


been celebrating after hearing they'll get millions of pounds


worth of public funding. But for one iconic south west landmark


getting such cash could mean the difference of their plans in the


field of space science lifting off or crash landing back down to Earth.


Reaching out across the Atlantic and into the skies above. Goonhilly


Earth Station changed our lives forever. The first live television


pictures from across the Atlantic were beamed here via satellite. But


now some of these dishes are destined for the scrapheap.


everyone has said you have to save it. It is a global icon. It is so


important to us at the Red Arrows. It is something that we can use for


the next 50 years. For 30 years, Des Prouse was a BT engineer at


Goonhilly. When he heard the earth station was to be dismantled he


made it his ambition to save the site. Then a former colleague came


up with a vision to bring Goonhilly back to life. I had almost given up


hope until Ian Jones became a long to meet three years ago with this


vision of space science and communications with a spacecraft


going off to Mars and things like this. Suddenly you think, yes,


there is a real application. People will pay us to use it for those


purposes and away we go. The future of this site is the hands of Ian


Jones. He worked here for BT before launching his own successful


business. He has a vision and cash and is leasing the site from BT.


These dishes could be adapted to look into deep space and track


missions to Mars. They've applied for �6 million from the Regional


Growth Fund and today they're meeting potential business partners.


We have to move forward with money. We have been working on this for


three years without money and it is all run on passion. This meeting is


crucial today. Goonhilly is throwing open its gates to


potential business partners. To impress the visitors Des and Ian


want to show the dishes are still working - by getting one them to


move again. Engineer Edie makes it sound easy. You work out why you


want the antenna to. So the angles are on the controls the here and


the antenna will go to that position. But the last time it


really moved was 25 years ago. And the dishes are showing their age.


What has happened? It has just stopped. Is there a problem? Yes..


With the visitors waiting outside it's bad timing, and looks like a


major setback. But then it comes to life. Is it working? Yes. Above our


heads, there is an enormous antenna structure looking around the sky.


You want to go outside and have a look, don't you? With the dishes on


the move they now hope the funding will flow for a new beginning for


the earth station. What are your impressions?


Absolutely amazing. It is back to the old days of out and out


engineering. Are you one step closer? Absolutely! Four years ago,


we thought it was the end, but now it is just the beginning of the


next stage so this is just great to see. Goonhilly has witnessed the


dawn of the space age beamed live It is one small step for man, one


giant leap for mankind. Europe saw some of the defining moments of


history via Goonhilly. It all started even further back in 1962


with the first satellite television pictures. That is a man's face bore


stop that is a man's base, there it is! -- a man of's face. Spreading


the word about plans for Goonhilly. Oxford University along with Leeds


and Hertfordshire want the dishes to be part of a massive global


telescope project. There are very few sites in the UK where these


facilities and dishes exist. There -- they are not being reduced their


anything so it is a massive opportunity to, rather than build


your own radio dish, use existing facilities that are perfectly good


enough to do this, and put them off -- up. It is silly to waste them.


The visitors are sold on the idea but the team are still in the dark


over whether the Government will part with �6 million of cash


funding. The decision is imminent. Monday the 31st of October, the day


the Government announces the winners and losers of the Regional


Growth Fund. This has been going on for four-and-a-half, nearly five


years. We are getting quite anxious about it. They're expecting a phone


call from Ian with the news. RNAS Yeovilton. -- Goonhilly. I have had


a look on his website and we are not on the list. I don't know what


What do you think? Well, not on the list. He didn't say whether it was


a full list, did he? A So they check for themselves on the


Government website. The fact that we are not a blur in bold letters


under south-west is disappointing. Very disappointing. Disappointed


not to see it there. Very disappointed. It isn't what they


are expecting Ian calls again. Ian is convinced they are in line for


some kind of funding. Fine. No, I am not find actually. What is


happening? OK. Goodbye. This is very interesting. It sounds like he


was fully expecting to be on that list and they are not on that list


so he was chasing to find out why they are not on the list. So there


is still a glimmer of hope of some cash help, and a future for the


dishes. The place is still here, it has not been demolished and we will


have to keep going. We will be slower, but we will have to keep


going. We will not let it get us. And today, a week on, they'd hoped


for some good news on funding. But for now the sleeping giants of West


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