Insight into how a new burner may harm areas
A MEDICAL expert has been called in to give compelling evidence in the ongoing incinerator row.
Dr Dick Van Steenis is to give a talk tomorrow on the harmful effects of them and how residents in Quedgeley, Hardwicke and Kingsway could be hit if one were built at Javelin Park.
Retired GP Dr Steenis has campaigned against incinerators for decades and claims his research has stopped at least 27 being built across the UK.
He will speak at 7.30pm at the offices of Hardwicke Village Hall to members of the campaign group Glosvain, and parish councillors from Quedgeley and Hardwicke.
Dr Van Steenis has carried out a study of figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which he says shows death rates and health problems are far more prevalent downwind of incinerators.
He believes particles known as PM1s and PM2.5s, which are not monitored by the Health Protection Agency and Environment Agency, are responsible for the health problems because they are inhaled.
Anna Mozul, chairman of Quedgeley Parish Council, said: "We are delighted that Dr Van Steenis is coming to address us because we believe he has a message we all need to hear. He has been campaigning against incinerators a long time now and has successfully fought off 27 proposals over the years.
"Quedgeley, Hardwicke and Kingsway will all be affected by the incinerator because we are so close to the proposed site and it is time people saw it for what it is.
"There are far better alternatives available today and Dr Van Steenis will outline those at the meeting.
"When the county council came up with the idea of an incinerator in 2007 it was the technology of th time, but technology has moved on and incinerators are old hat.
"We just want the county council to look into it and be open to changing their minds."
In January, the HPA launched a study into the affects of incinerators, saying it recognised the concern of members of the public.