Incinerator call-in to Government by environmental expert
AN environmental expert has told the Government it must review Gloucestershire's incinerator plans.
Jonathan Porritt, the 62-year-old environmental writer, wants communities minister Eric Pickles to 'call in' the controversial £500million burner plans for Haresfield for an urgent review.
But the Government has refused the call-in, which is backed by Stroud District Council, because it says the plans must first be decided upon by Gloucestershire councillors at their meeting in February.
In a letter to the Government, Mr Porritt said: "This proposal has caused considerable concern across a very wide cross-section of people in Gloucestershire.
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"The decision-making process provides something of a case study in how not to proceed in cases of this kind, and there remains a huge number of unanswered questions regarding this specific application."
He adds that while he has previously supported waste-to-energy plants, he can't back the Gloucestershire site.
South West MEP William Dartmouth also made a similar call-in request to Mr Pickles.
He said: "The incinerator will have an unacceptable visual impact."
Javier Peiro, project director for waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty, who want to build the burner, said: "In his letter, he is unclear about what his concerns are regarding the technology and location.
"We are in the process of writing to Mr Porritt to provide the data we believe he needs in order to make a fully informed decision.
"In the short term, however, we can confirm that the procurement process that Gloucestershire County Council conducted was open to submissions for all technologies.
"In Gloucestershire, following lengthy consideration, Urbaser Balfour Beatty determined that an energy-from-waste facility would be the most appropriate technology to apply."