District councillors endorse list of eight objections to Javelin Park incinerator
A 10-PAGE report detailing eight new objections to the Javelin Park incinerator has been approved by Stroud District Council's development control committee.
The report, prepared for councillor's by SDC's strategic head of development services Barry Wyatt, raises concerns about the visual impact of the proposed facility, the acceptability of noise levels emanating from it and the business case underpinning it.
With volumes of household waste declining and incinerator capacity in the region increasing, the report also warns the plant may not even be needed.
One of those who backed the report, Cllr Dorcas Binns (Con, Minchinhampton), described the incinerator proposal as a 'monstrosity'.
She said: "It will ruin views of our AONB and personally I am appalled that someone could think of putting something half the size of that in that area."
Former Stroud MP David Drew (Lab, Paganhill) also spoke out against the planned development near Haresfield, while ex-mayor John Marjoram (Green, Trinity) said it was the wrong option and would be environmentally damaging.
SDC has already signalled its strong opposition to the waste burner, twice passing unanimous resolutions against it and last week announcing that it would seek a government 'call-in' of the project.
The authority's latest objections, supported by a majority of members on the development control committee on Tuesday (November 20), form part of SDC's response to a consultation carried out by Gloucestershire County Council.
They are the second list of grievances endorsed by members of the committee, who approved a similar report containing a set of seven objections back in April.
That report, which said cleaner and more environmentally friendly options existed, also included a quote from the Prime Minister David Cameron, who in 2011 said: "We want to make sure that all the latest technology for alternatives to incineration is considered, so that we can make sure that we are using the best ways to achieve a green approach."
Responding to the report, a GCC spokesman said: "Everyone has the opportunity to share their views as part of the planning process."
"We're interested to hear Stroud District Council's comments and they will be taken into consideration along with everyone else's when the application is being looked at."