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Ken Livingstone says Javelin Park incinerator will be "disastrous"

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

LUNCH:  Ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone with former Stroud MP David Drew.

LUNCH: Ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone with former Stroud MP David Drew.

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FORMER mayor of London Ken Livingstone spoke out against an incinerator being built in the county at a lunch yesterday.

Ken Livingstone was at the Stonehouse community centre to speak to members of the Stroud Constituency Labour Party at their Christmas lunch.

More than 50 people turned up to talk politics, economics and the Leveson Inquiry with the outspoken Mr Livingstone. He was flanked by a panel including David Drew, former MP for Stroud, and Baroness Janet Royall, the current leader of the opposition in the House of Lords.

Speaking about the Javelin Park incinerator, Mr Livingstone said: "We have too much landfill, which is disgraceful, but an incinerator will cause the same amount of pollution as a power station. We have other methods, such as anaerobic digestion, which will leave us without the disastrous emissions from an incinerator."

Developers Urbaser Balfour Beatty have repeatedly stressed the incinerator meets health guidelines.

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  • Lecorche  |  December 03 2012, 11:34PM

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jav Park resembled Amphibian City or Newt Town with all the water it holds at present.

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  • Bonkim2003  |  December 03 2012, 7:16PM

    akeeper - understanding technology??? an EFW polluting as much as a power station??? shut off all power stations??? Anaerobic digestion??? do both of them ex-MP and ex-London Mayor - know what can be treated in an AD and what not and what part of the waste can??? Now if Labour want to disown the 2007 U.K energy strategy, within which EFW plays an important part - they should say so. I doubt Mr Milliband is against EFW. This whole charade just to jump on the Green-bandwagon in Stroud. You can fool most of the people for a short time, and a few for a long time - but most have woken up to the fact you can't fool all of them all of the time.

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  • steveshedhead  |  December 03 2012, 5:29PM

    Well said ken, when will the tory county council who own the land and have let the contract before planning permission has been given ( sorry no problem because its the county council who decide) come to their senses ! Please write to Eric Pickles and ask him to stop this farce .

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  • akeeper  |  December 03 2012, 5:25PM

    Although not my favourite politician at least we have a somebody who understands the technology issues in and around this site , it's a shame we don't get the same level of support from our own elected MP's in the area.

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