Councillors off to Ireland on incinerator fact-finding trip
PLANNERS are to visit a waste plant in Ireland ahead of a crunch vote over the building of an incinerator in Gloucestershire.
The council-funded trip will see seven members of the county council planning committee fly to County Meath on November 27 to look at the facility, thought to be a similar design to proposal for Javelin Park outside Gloucester.
The cost to the taxpayer will be £68 per head for return flights to Dublin, plus the price of the hire of a minibus.
Committee chairman Martin Quaile will be joined by councillors Graham Morgan, Terry Hale, Shaun Parsons, Robert Vines, Mike Williams and Brian Thornton.
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The visit is one of a series of training sessions for planning committee members that have been planned, with this one considered "highly important" for members to familiarise themselves with the technologies, processes, monitoring and control systems.
They will also look at the environmental issues involved with a modern Energy from Waste plant before they make any decisions.
Sue Oppenheimer, chairman of anti-incinerator campaign group GlosVain said: "I cannot understand why they feel the need to leave England and fly off abroad to go and see an incinerator when there are plenty in this country."
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "We had originally hoped to visit a suitable mainland facility, but the operator was unfortunately not prepared to host us.
"The Irish company is prepared to host us and, as this is a day trip, the cost per head is similar to the cost per head for a UK-based day trip in any case."