Demands to be made for written guarantee that 'toxic' ash will never go to Wingmoor Farm
DEMANDS are being made for a written guarantee that none of the 'toxic' ash from the county's planned incinerator will end up in Bishop's Cleeve.
Councillor Ceri Jones (LD, Cleeve) wants a concrete pledge from Gloucestershire County Council that the ash won't be taken to the controversial Wingmoor Farm waste management site.
It is thought a contract to take the waste to a facility in Peterborough is in the pipeline, but Mr Jones wants to know how long the contract is for.
Mr Jones said: "From the outset I have been against the incinerator because I believe there are better economic and environmental ways of doing things.
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"The council talks about zero waste to landfill from the incinerator, but I am afraid these incinerators do create ash and it will be landfill. That is environmentally wrong.
"I don't think it should be landfilled anyway because there are now technologies available to do something with it.
"I am against any of this filthy toxic fly ash being brought in to Bishop's Cleeve.
"They have said it will go to Peterborough and I have asked how long the contract is because I am fearful that it could be, say, for a year, and then this ash will end up in Bishop's Cleeve."
Speaking at a meeting of the full county council, Mr Jones asked for clarification of what would happen to the 'toxic fly ash'.
He asked: "Can you repeat your previous guarantee that at no time will any of this toxic ash come to Wingmoor Farm in Bishop's Cleeve?"
Councillor Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for finance and change, replied: "That is the intent."
The council has disputed the ash being labelled as toxic. It says the residues that need to be disposed of "are hazardous due to their alkalinity and are not toxic".
The council's contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty's (UBB) allows the firm behind the incinerator to "explore alternatives to the disposal and treatment" of the residues.
Councillor Stan Waddington, cabinet champion for waste, said: "This is political scaremongering. We've made it clear to Councillor Jones on many occasions, the Air Pollution Control (APC) residues from Javelin Park will be going to Peterborough.
"UBB are working to find ways to recycle APC, avoiding the need for landfill altogether."