3 December 2011
North Herefordshire Green Party is calling for a rethink on plans to build an incinerator for waste at Hartlebury in Worcestershire
An enquiry is currently taking place into plans by Worcestershire County Council to build an incinerator at Hartlebury. North Herefordshire Greens believe that there are many questions that need to be answered as to the wisdom of such a development, which will also take waste from Herefordshire.
Herefordshire Green Party Councillor Felicity Norman says
"Herefordshire Council has been granted £115 million in PFI (Private Finance Initiative) credits for this development. When I asked at the latest Full Council meeting whether we will be paying our share in this way, I was told that no decision had yet been made. I think we need to know if Herefordshire Council is to be involved in yet another hugely expensive PFI commitment. Jesse Norman has called for a moratorium on all PFI proposals in the pipeline. I hope the Treasury is listening.
And, as increasing numbers of Local Authorities abandon plans to build incinerators, we in the Green Party call on Herefordshire Council to rethink its plans. There are many reasons for rejecting this method of dealing with our waste, and I call on Herefordshire Council to look for more sustainable alternatives. With home collection, recycling rates have gone up considerably and we can do much more. We need to collect and process green and food waste, and establish ‘bring and take' centres at our recycling stations."
North Herefordshire Greens have made a submission to the Enquiry, objecting to the proposals on the following grounds: