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Stroud MP Neil Carmichael tells Gloucestershire incinerator inquiry why he objects to plans

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

Stroud MP Neil Carmichael

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STROUD’S MP has voiced his objection to plans to build a massive incinerator at the £1million inquiry.

Neil Carmichael MP spoke at the inquiry into Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s plans for a £500milllion incinerator at Javelin Park in Haresfield.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty are appealing against Gloucestershire county councillors’ refusal to grant the scheme planning permission.

However the county council as a waste planning authority has also backed the plan.

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The planning inquiry is expected to cost £1million.

Mr Carmichael outlined his objections to the plan at the inquiry at the Hallmark Hotel in Matson on Tuesday night.

He said his objections were on planning grounds, including the design and visual effects on nearby residents and the neighbouring Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“The proposed design, size and bulk of the building does not take into account the fact it is on the edge of the Cotswolds AONB and is not in keeping with the area,” he said.

Mr Carmichael also voiced concern about the impact of heavy goods vehicles on residents, noise and odour, and the height of the existing plans.

“I am unconvinced how UBB adequately addresses the planning issues of design, visual impact, bulk and massing in the proposal in front of the Inspector and my objection to the application stands on the grounds above.”

Diana Shirley of campaign group GLOSAIN (Gloucestershire Against Incineration) also gave evidence on Tuesday evening.

She detailed objections to the plan on grounds of health and environmental impact.

She said that nitrogen and acid deposits could have a detrimental affect on nearby woodland.

“The real health effects of this modified old technology would not be known for years. There is sufficient evidence available ... to give rise to health concerns.”

She cited incidences where there had been breaches of emissions levels at incinerators across the UK. She also stated that exposure to air pollution increases risk of heart and respiratory diseases.

More evidence was due to be heard today.

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 16 2014, 6:07PM

    you want an ideal location? Minchinhampton..... loads of space up there.

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  • bargee70  |  January 16 2014, 3:58AM

    This mp only thinks of himself and publicity, ideal location next to the motorway, as for design and visual effects what about the ugly supermarkets that are popping up everywhere and killing off the small shops

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  • meandme1  |  January 15 2014, 11:43PM

    I bet if the tip was in Stroud and it was getting covered in seagull cxxp,these people would soon want the incinerator.The incinerator will be just off the motorway and the traffic would be no more than whats going to the tip,as for nearby residents ,where ?

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 15 2014, 8:57PM

    Gloucester MP Richard Graham refuses to speak out against the incinerator, despite the majority of his constituents not wanting it. Nice to have an MP that cares.... all he cares about is himself. Roll on the next election where we can rid ourselves of him.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 15 2014, 8:19PM

    At least this MP has a brain and said no to the Incinerator, We need more of these MP's to say that.

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