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.”