Burner to be today's hot topic
A DECISION on building a controversial £500million incinerator in Gloucester is being made by councillors today.
Gloucestershire County Council wants the waste burner to be built at Javelin Park, near Haresfield, and a 25-year contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) is on the cards.
The final decision lies with cabinet members at their meeting today, but fellow councillors from the environment scrutiny committee voted against the plans on Monday.
They said that no contract should be signed until planning permission has been granted in a bid to ensure that the planning process remains unswayed by any contract being signed.
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There are fears that by signing on the dotted line now, the county council could have to fork out up to £20million to UBB if the council breaches the contract by not awarding planning consent.
A council spokesman said: "Cabinet will consider the report and will take into account any comments made at the environment overview and scrutiny meeting."
Campaigners from environmental group Glosvain are hoping opposition against the scheme will be enough to sway councillors.
Glosvain's Ian Richens said: "Public opinion against the building of the incinerator has gained momentum in recent months with over 1000 objections submitted.
"Perhaps now is the time to remind councillors that they are elected representatives of the people and that they should act in the best interests of those who voted them into power."