Stroud planners set to add to voices objecting to incinerator
PLANNERS in Stroud look set to add to protests about the Javelin Park incinerator when they meet tonight.
The development control committee of Stroud District Council is being advised to object to the residual waste treatment plant proposed at Haresfield by Urbaser Balfour Beatty.
Top of a list of seven concerns to be put before the councillors by their strategic head of development services, Barry Wyatt, is that the incinerator shouldn't be discussed until Gloucestershire's waste core strategy is finalised.
"The application should not be considered until after the planning inspector has issued his binding report following the conclusion of the examination in public of the draft waste core strategy," Mr Wyatt has recommended.
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His report also said that the giant energy from waste plant would adversely affect the landscape and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In response, UBB said it wanted to take some heat out of the argument.
Spokeswoman Julie Fourcade said the UK currently still relied on landfill to deal with residual waste, that which is left behind after reducing, reusing and recycling.
But the country couldn't carry on like that, she said.
Landfill sites were filling up fast and there were limited spaces for new ones.
"We know there are concerns over a facility in Gloucestershire, but at UBB we believe that much of the information being promoted in the county is wrong and designed to scare people.
"For example the misinformation over health impacts which are erroneous, there are energy from waste facilities already operating in the UK and some 350 plants throughout Europe which have been operating for years with no health impacts."
Ms Fourcade said: "But more than this, communities throughout Europe are already reaping the rewards of effective and local waste management, secure employment, and increasing their ability to use the heat from the plant to heat homes and businesses cheaply and sustainably."