I was interested and pleased to see in The Citizen that Stroud MP David Drew has tabled a parliamentary petition condemning Gloucestershire County Council’s handling of the issue. As regular blog readers will know the site has been bought by the authority, and is earmarked for an incinerator or “other waste processes”. I have long felt the consultation has been flawed and the results also misrepresented (see here and here).
Photo: Signatures being collected in Gloucester against a large incinerator
The Commons motion by David Drew challenges why only 400 households in the immediate area have been consulted on the plans. It calls for the process to be extended so all those affected would have the opportunity to have their say.
However Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has said generating power from waste, including burning, can offer “considerable climate change benefit” compared to dumping it in the ground. Of course but what nonsense to burn when there are even greater cost and carbon savings with other technologies.
The full wording of Mr Drew's Early Day Motion is: 'That this House condemns the current consultation on waste disposal in Gloucestershire concerning the location of an incinerator or other waste processes at Javelin Park near Junction 12 of the M5; questions why only 400 households in the immediate area have been consulted; and asks that the consultation be much broader so that all those affected can be asked for their view on this key issue.’