West Midlands Green Party

Coventry Incinerator scheme finally axed

6 October 2010

A new incinerator scheme for Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire planned to be built in the coming years has finally been axed after £1.7million had been spent by the three Councils on employing consultants to draw up the plans.

 

The Green Party has welcomed the decision to pull the plug on the scheme claiming that in Solihull it was only Green Party Councillor Mike Sheridan who voted against the plan at its earliest stage when the plans began in 2008.  The Green Party has been among those campaigning against the plan in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire for over two years.

 

The three Councils claim that the current incinerator in Coventry can now stay open until 2040, although consultants had said back in 2008 that the incinerator would not last beyond another few years, which is why a new one would be needed.

 

Green Party spokesperson Chris Williams said "The Green Party pointed out the ludicrous cost of the plans back in 2008. I am glad that others have now seen the light that incinerators are expensive, dirty and unncessary and have finally stopped wasting any more of taxpayers' money on this scheme. The £1.7 million spent so far has been lost and could have been spent on vital frontline public services".

 

Coventry Telegraph article: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2010/09/30/1billion-whitley-incinerator-plan-scrapped-after-protests-92746-27371505/2/







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