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Incinerator plan 'would breach law', report says


Let me be clear, I am not a member of Glosvain, but I can see they have a VERY strong case. Little wonder that Glosvain have not "checked their facts" with "Waste Champion" Stan Waddington and his cronies at Gloucester County Council, since this body has ruthlessly stuck to a policy of giving out the minimum of real information, always at the last moment, and, I note, heavily "spun" with a large amount of money (spent by Gloucester's "preferred contractors" on PR companies to "sweeten the bitter pill" in a so-called "Consultation Process. This farce was royally kicked out by the public, but still Waddington and his friends have pressed ahead, certain that they are right, that nobody can successfully stand in their way, and that sufficient bravado (and ignoring some extremely nasty facts) will see them through, with powerful people in political roles rubber-stamping the process at critical stages. There would be little point in Glosvain consulting with the Council, since GCC have done everything in in their power (to the extreme limit of the law in my view) to force this decision through against massive public disapproval. If, by some travesty of injustice, this lunatic and incredibly expensive air polluting scheme is nodded through, generations of Gloucester children yet unborn will be breathing its toxic smoke output, as it burns 190,000 tons of mixed rubbish each year, operating 24 hours a day. The GCC and Contractors' case is that it cannot be proven that the emissions from this outrageous plant are dangerous to health, and therefore, since allegedly it technically breaches no EU air pollution regulations, they say it should proceed. The reality is that our childrens' health merits standard infinitely higher than have been applied by this motley crew of profit-hungry businessmen and inordinately powerful officials. PR companies and fast-talking hired "experts" on EU regulations are not enough, neither is the blatantly obvious fact that the business case for this huge waste burner is utterly faulted. For officials to attempt to push through such a monstrous long-term commitment to appalling waste of public money is beyond deplorable. There is a serious case to answer, and Gloucester County Council, Urbaser and Balfour Beatty now clearly have a mutual financial interest (backed by severe penalty clauses if the project is struck down) in getting this ridiculous ediifice built. How far is Councillor Waddington prepared to go before he will be forced to listen to the voice of the people ? To me he seems utterly incapable of listening to anything other than the sound of his own voice. Our children most certainly deserve far better !

Posted date

18 February, 2013

Posted time

6:12 pm