'Not enough waste' to feed planned Gloucestershire incinerator, Liberal Democrats claim
DEMANDS to scrap Gloucestershire County Council's incinerator plans will be made next week.
Opposition councillors have tabled a motion calling on the authority to abandon its Javelin Park proposals.
They insist there will not be enough residual waste to keep the fires of the waste plant burning over the course of its life.
The motion is being submitted by Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Westgate) and it will be presented to a meeting of the full council at Shire Hall on Wednesday.
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The 'feed the beast' line of criticism has been a popular refrain for campaigners who are against the plans.
Mr Hilton's motion cites a report undertaken by Eunomia on residual waste capacity which was published in November last year.
The motion calls for cabinet members to cancel the project on the grounds the proposed incinerator in Gloucestershire will have surplus capacity for the county's own residual household waste treatment needs.
Mr Hilton said: "The issue is the incinerator that is being planned will have more capacity than the residual waste we have in Gloucestershire.
"But on top of that, this report suggests that the whole of the UK will have surplus incinerator capacity in the next few years before this incinerator is even built.
"Effectively we have a project that is going to cost half a billion pounds over 25 years but there are other options available."
Councillor Stan Waddington (C, Nailsworth and Minchinhampton), cabinet project champion for the waste project, said that there had already been a full investigation into the incinerator's capacity.
He added: "An independent planning inspector assessed Gloucestershire's plans for dealing with our rubbish and that included looking at capacity issues.
"People across Gloucestershire had the opportunity to give their views as part of this process and, ultimately, the inspector found our estimates to be correct."
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is set to open a period of consultation on its draft decision for an environmental permit application for the incinerator.
The consultation will run from Wednesday until Friday, April 12.