The Environment Agency has announced that it is 'minded' to give the go-ahead to a massive, polluting, and wasteful incinerator at Ocean Park in Cardiff. However it is not too late to change their minds.
Cardiff Friends of the Earth believe that this draft decision is deeply flawed as it is based on outdated and incomplete information. The evidence the Environment Agency used to reach its draft decision is flawed in several ways:
In a shock move, Cardiff Council have granted planning permission to Viridor's second application for an incinerator in Splott. This is in spite of the fact that the new application is almost identical to the first application which was refused by the Council.
Viridor Waste Management have submitted a second planning application for a large incinerator or “energy from waste facility” in Cardiff. This application is almost identical to the first one which was rejected by Cardiff Council. The proposed Viridor incinerator would be at Glass Avenue, Trident Park in Splott, between Ocean Way and the docks. It would burn 350,000 tonnes of waste a year.
Cardiff County Council's planning committee rejected Viridor's first application for a huge, polluting and wasteful incinerator at Trident Park, Glass Avenue, Splott in June 2009. The reason the planning committee gave was that waste would be brought to be burnt in the incinerator from outside the local area.
Members of Cardiff Friends of the Earth are inviting people to join them and other local residents in a demonstration outside Cardiff City Hall at 1.30 pm on Wednesday 11 March 2009, as the council's planning committee decides on proposals for a large waste incinerator in the city.
It is not just Cardiff, or even just South Wales, communities that will be adversely affected by the incinerator if Viridor's planning application is approved – communities in Cheltenham are concerned about the impact of the toxic fly ash from the Cardiff incinerator which will be dumped within 0.5km of some homes.
Haf Elgar (Friends of the Earth Cymru), Councillor Gavin Cox, Heather Webber, Anne Greagsby (Green Santa), Adam Johannes, Jenni Swettenham, Colin Robinson, Julian Rosser, Councillor Martin Holland. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.