Splott incinerator campaigners take protest to Assembly

December 2, 2010 4 Comments »
Splott incinerator campaigners take protest to Assembly

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Campaigners have put pressure on a government minister to act over a waste incinerator planned for Splott.

Over 2,000 people signed a petition calling on environment minister Jane Davidson to revoke the environmental permit Viridor has been granted.

The petition was presented by campaigners on the steps of the Senedd to South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies (pictured above).

Rob Griffiths, chair of the Cardiff Against the Incinerator Campaign, said the petition showed the strength of local feeling.

He said: “We’re pleased about how many people have signed this petiiton and we can send a strong message from local people to the politicians.

“There has been a blizzard of misinformation about this incinerator and it’s important people get the facts.”

Mr Griffiths said he hoped the petition would put pressure on environment minister Jane Davidson to withdraw a waste permit Viridor were granted by the Environment Agency last month.

“If the Assembly won’t do anything, we are considering other options – such as taking this through the courts”, he added.

Rick Newnham, who started the petition, said he hoped the Assembly Government would listen to the people.

He said: “There hasn’t been legitimate consultation on this waste plant and everyone signing this petition wants to see the process examined.”

The energy from waste plant was granted planning permission by Cardiff council in June this year despite objections from local residents and councillors.

It is expected to process around 350,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Christine Chapman AM, chair of the petitions committee, said: “It is campaigns like these which demonstrate how the public can access the National Assembly for Wales and get their voices heard.

“I am pleased to say we are one of the few political bodies in the world which has a committee dedicated to examining petitions.”

A spokesperson for Viridor said: “The Trident Park energy from waste plant will provide an essential service for Cardiff, and is designed to help meet challenging waste management targets. The facility will generate up to 30 megawatts of electricity, helping businesses and local authorities achieve greater resource efficiency.

“Viridor is also determined that the benefits of the development to the capital city will be maximised in terms of both jobs and investment.”

The petitions committee will now await a response from Mrs Davidson, and could ask for more evidence to be submitted by Cardiff council, Environment Agency and campaigners.

Do you live in the area? What do you think of the campaign? Let us know in the comments below

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4 Comments

  1. Michael Ryan December 2, 2010 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Why didn’t Chris Mills, of the Environment Agency, reply to the following Western Mail letter by Judi Knights (8 November 2010) & in SW Echo on 9 Nov 2010:

    “I’VE read the incinerator letters by Chris Mills (October 25) and Michael Ryan (October 20) regarding IPPC permits for incinerators and would be grateful if Chris Mills would confirm that the Environment Agency: Relies on advice/opinion from the Health Protection Agency for health effects of incinerators ; has not examined rates of illness and rates of premature deaths at all ages in electoral wards around any incinerator and is therefore unaware whether or not any existing incinerator the Environment Agency is supposed to be regulating is causing any harm to health.

    Norfolk County Council wants an incinerator in King’s Lynn and it has assumed that the Environment Agency is an effective regulator, whereas Michael Ryan ‘s letter suggests otherwise. If the Environment Agency has examined relevant data around existing incinerators , could Chris Mills please inform Viewpoints of the locations of the incinerators and the data examined.

    Judi Knights (Miss) King’s Lynn, Norfolk”

  2. Bablin Molik December 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I do live in the area. Since moving into the area I have had asthmatic problems. My daughters (aged 7 and 4) both have allergy to dust and various skin problems. I strongly believe the air in this area is polluted enough by the fumes of steelwork and to have an incinerator as well will be like poisoning the community that live here. I want my daughters to breath in an air that is healthy an so I am strongly against this incinerator proposal. I do understand the need for such a place but certainly not in an area where we have considerable size of population living in!!

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