LUFF TO HOLD MEETING WITH MINISTER OVER HARTLEBURY WASTE -TO- ENERGY PROJECT
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LUFF TO HOLD MEETING WITH MINISTER OVER HARTLEBURY WASTE -TO- ENERGY PROJECT

The local MP for the site proposed by Mercia Waste Management for the massive new waste -to- energy project on the Hartlebury Trading Estate, Peter Luff, is to hold a meeting with the minister responsible for waste management, Dan Norris, early in the New Year.
Peter is now asking residents and parish councils to tell him the issues they want raised with the minister at the meeting. Peter will also be attending the public meeting in Hartlebury on January 14th and he plans to see Mr Norris after that.

Commenting, Peter said,

“We are doing much better on recycling locally. The huge recycling facility at Norton – in my Mid Worcestershire constituency – is slowly coming on stream, but there is still a lot of waste we just can’t recycle. So I support the principle of waste-to-energy projects. The UK is well behind in developing these environmentally responsible solutions to our waste mountain.

“The landfill site at Hill and Moor, also in my constituency, will be full relatively soon and another massive landfill; site would not be a responsible answer to the waste generated in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Anyhow, increasing taxation of landfill means we couldn’t afford it.

“Burning waste generates heat and electricity that can be used locally. I am confident that the huge experience of such plants across Europe means that emissions can be well controlled – certainly better controlled than the methane emissions from landfill.

“But putting these incinerators in the right place is crucial. The one proposed for Hartlebury is simply enormous and it would require lorries to come to it from all corners of the two counties, generating thousands of miles of lorry journeys every year, which doesn’t seem too green to me.

“So I want to know why two, or even three smaller sites, nearer to where the waste is generated wouldn’t be a more responsible answer than one massive eyesore at Hartlebury.

“And I want to know what advice and support is available to local communities near the sites proposed for these projects. Local people will have other important questions – and the minister is well placed to answer them, so I really hope everyone with concerns will tell me what they are, so I can put the key issues to him.”

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