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Conservatives will ditch Regional Technical Waste Advisory Boards

The Conservative Party will scrap Regional Technical Waste Advisory Boards if they come to power.

Under plans in its Green Paper Control shift returning power to local communities, the Conservatives plan to devolve power back down to local councils. In the document the Conservative Party hope to devolve power from regional quangos back down to local councils.

A spokesman said: There will be no regional planning so the waste parts of the Regional Spatial Strategies [a planning document for sustainable development] and the Regional Technical Advisory Boards will no longer have any role.

Each region in England has a RTAB which contributes to the waste agenda through working with the regions local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that local authorities achieve improved performance on waste issues.

East Midlands Regional Technical Advisory Board on Waste waste and minerals policy adviser Bryn Walters said if plans go ahead to scrap RTAB tackling waste issues will be harder. He said: The impact will be less cohesion with local authorities because the opportunities to work together will go backwards and local authorities will start working in isolation this will be a serious setback.

This is particularly worrying in light of the current economic situation and authorities will get less help to build facilities on the ground. This will be the biggest step backwards. There will be no room to function with organisations like the Environment Agency to bring them around the table. We will not be able to work at strategic level.

Image: David Cameron (Photo credit: Steve Back, www.politicalpictures.co.uk)

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