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Shire Hall chief exec to write to Eric Pickles to defend council's decision to refuse incinerator planning permission

By jrmaidment  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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Shire Hall’s chief executive has been instructed to write to Eric Pickles, the Government’s communities secretary, to “robustly” defend the county council’s decision to reject a planning application to build an incinerator at Javelin Park.

Labour councillors tabled a motion at a meeting of the authority today calling on the council to do more to defend its decision amid claims that its defence at an ongoing planning inquiry is “becoming an embarrassment”.

Conservative councillors opted to abstain from the vote, paving the way for the controversial motion to be carried.

As a result Peter Bungard will have to write to Mr Pickles to “strongly reiterate” the planning committee’s view that the incinerator should not go ahead.

Councillor Barry Kirby (Lab, Grange and Kingsway) who proposed the motion said: “Last year the council’s own planning committee unanimously rejected Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s plans to build an incinerator. However the legal defence of that decision is becoming an embarrassment for the county council.

“Hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent on this planning inquiry and sadly it feels the opposition from local residents has been largely forgotten and ignored.

“It is now time for the county council to send a clear and direct message to Eric Pickles and the planning inspector that we do not want this gigantic incinerator built in our county.”

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  • jas37  |  February 15 2014, 12:08PM

    In my opinion Eric Pickles should not be involved in decisions at this level- this is way over his head. He wont understand the issues involved and we might as well toss a coin to make the decision. His statements often make him appear to be a total clown- remember his idea for letting motorists park on double yellow lines for 5 minutes (and many others)? Is he on the same planet as the rest of us?

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  • Shireresident  |  January 24 2014, 1:49PM

    This proves the Tories are getting nervous about continuing to push their pet scheme this close to the next set of local elections. What a spineless bunch they are Let's hope that Mr. Pickles reads the subtext in their abstention and upholds the committees decision not to go ahead with the project.

  • JemmyWood  |  January 22 2014, 8:08PM

    All Tory councillors abstained? All following the direct orders of Waddington and Hawthorne no doubt, proves that Tory councilors do not have free speech and cannot stand up for their constituents if it is not the wish of the Burning Brothers.

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