Council regret at Gloucestershire EfW go-ahead; Holiday camp recycling; Overloaded vehicles; New name for district heating body
Council regret at EfW planning permission
Stroud District Council has expressed disappointment at the decision by Secretary of State Eric Pickles to give planning permission for the Javelin Park energy from waste scheme at Haresfield, Gloucestershire.
Cllr Geoff Wheeler, leader of the council, said: “We hope that the recent appraisal of alternative options by Gloucestershire County Council will see it review its intentions. Whilst permission has been given, they could still opt for a solution to deal with waste which maximises recycling, maintains flexibility and minimises the impact on the environment and taxpayers’ purses.
“The case against adding more incineration capacity in the UK has become stronger and stronger and we and all the other districts should be able to work together with the county council to deliver the best solution for the future.”
Stroud District Council gave evidence against the proposed incinerator at a public inquiry based on its impact on the adjacent area of outstanding natural beauty, the nearby Hunts Grove development and the efficiency of the technology compared to other options.
SATCoL partnership recycles 80 tonnes
The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCol) in partnership with Haven Holidays has seen 80 tonnes of clothing recycled for charity at Haven’s 35 UK holiday parks.
Profit raised from these donations of unwanted clothing will be shared between Haven’s chosen charities, BBC Children In Need and The Salvation Army.
Tony Hosking, Head of Clothing Collection Division at SATCoL said: “The parks already had impressive green credentials and we’re so pleased to see staff and visitors making clothes recycling a priority too.”
Large vehicles still overloading
Overloading of LGVs remains the top offence on UK roads according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency annual effectiveness report.
Overloading of HGVs is the fifth most common offence.
Roadside checks also found defects in braking systems of almost 19% of HGV trailers, along with various other issues such as steering, suspension and tyres.
Colin Smith from Avery Weigh-Tronix said: “I hope that these figures serve as a warning to fleet operators that overloading is a serious issue. Both the driver of the vehicle and the operator are legally responsible for avoiding overloading and both can be prosecuted.”
New name for district heating body
The Combined Heat and Power Association has become the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), saying the change better reflects the wide range of its members’ interests and focus.
ADE will remain the leading advocate for combined heat and power, district heating and cooling, and demand side energy services following the decision at a special meeting on 7 January.
Director Dr Tim Rotheray said: “The way we generate and use our energy is in the midst of a significant transition, away from a centralised system and towards a decentralised one that puts control in the hands of users. Our members have a long history of using and providing the solutions that make that transition possible.
“From industry to local authorities, energy users are increasingly seeking local solutions to meet their energy needs. This change of name reflects our long-term vision to create a less costly, more secure and lower carbon energy system, dictated by users’ needs, not energy producers.”