Soapbox Ernest Redfern: Incinerator decision is costing us before it even begins
IT would appear we have a council in Derby which is not allowed to be in control of the running of our city.
Because an agreement was entered into with Resources Recovery Solutions in 2009 to deal with the city and the county's waste for the next 27 years, it would appear we must agree to have this plant in Sinfin, even though our planning committee refused the application.
According to Mr Bayliss, leader of the Derby City Council, it would also appear millions of pounds are being incurred because of the delay in the plant's construction.
The fact that such costs can build up leaves me speechless. Maybe Mr Bayliss can enlighten us as to who is getting this £1 million a month and for what?
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We have a plot of land in the middle of a built-up area which has stood there doing nothing for years prior to the idea of it occupied by an incinerator, yet money is being made from the legalities relating to the delay in building it?
When it was decided this waste plant was needed, all parties should have sat round a table and agreed it should be built close to a major trunk road – accessible to both the county and the city of Derby – and certainly not near a built-up area, for obvious environmental reasons.
We all know Sinfin does not fall into this category and for an inspector to come from outside the city and make such a monumental decision which concerns the residents is simply wrong.
Mr Cameron has stated more decisions should be made locally and I agree. However, this is an example of a local decision being walked all over in the name of big business.
Nobody in London would entertain an incinerator plant being built in the city of Westminster; neither would any politician have one in their back garden.
Yet one inspector pops up out of nowhere and decides Derby's planning authority is wrong and it can be built.
I suggest they buy a house next to an incinerator plant and live alongside it for the next 27 years before they make a decision like that.
The campaign group SSAIN, Friends of the Earth, Derby's Planning Committee and the thousands of residents who will be affected are correct – this plant should not be built in Sinfin.