Anti-incinerator lobby’s bid to review contract

Environmental campaigners are to ask for a review of Shropshire Council’s contract with waste firm Veolia in a last-ditch bid to stop a con- troversial £60 million incinerator being built on the edge of Shrewsbury.

Environmental campaigners are to ask for a review of Shropshire Council’s contract with waste firm Veolia in a last-ditch bid to stop a controversial £60 million incinerator being built on the edge of Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth is hoping to stop the burner being built on Battlefield Enterprise Park, despite planning inspector John Woolcock’s decision in January to give the facility the go-ahead.

Dave Green, from Friends of the Earth, said the organisation believed the planned abolition of the landfill allowance trading scheme after 2012/13 meant that details of the contract between Shropshire Council and Veolia in 2007 could be reviewed.

He said that under the terms of the contract, falling domestic waste levels in the county allow for a possible review to be conducted.

“We are asking Shropshire Council to review the contract now before a final decision to build the incinerator is made,” he said. “We are confident that if a review is held it will be seen that the incinerator is no longer needed.”

Questions on the incinerator and contract will be raised at a full meeting of Shropshire Council on February 23. Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth also announced that they are looking at getting the waste contract reviewed by the Government as the incinerator is being built through a Public Finance Initiative.

It comes after Councillor Alan Mosley, leader of the Labour Party on Shropshire Council, also announced he would be asking for a review of the 27-year contract between the authority and Veolia. He is planning to raise the topic at the February 23 meeting, asking for the review to be undertaken ‘as soon as possible’ into issues such as the ending of kerbside cardboard collections by Veolia.

Veolia says the incinerator will create enough energy to power 10,000 homes a year and should create about 200 jobs. There is no start date yet for construction work.