Continuing to work together over Calvert

John Bercow MP for Buckingham,the new Speaker of the House of Commons.'090626M-D123
John Bercow MP for Buckingham,the new Speaker of the House of Commons.'090626M-D123

MP for Buckingham and Winslow, John Bercow, talks about the Calvert incinerator plans in his monthly column.

May I take this opportunity to extend my best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2011.

Indeed, in one respect at least, the early weeks of January have given many in the Calvert area cause to be cautiously optimistic following the recent decision by Buckinghamshire County Council to review the plans for a mass-burn incinerator at Edgcott.

The somewhat bizarre plan to build an incinerator that would produce hundreds of thousands of tonnes of toxic, hazardous waste has been in the offing since 2007, during which period concerns have been raised over the transparency of the procurement process.

The campaign group, Stop Aylesbury Vale Incineration (SAVI), has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and organise opposition to this ludicrous proposal, which would have a hugely detrimental impact on the local environment, rural landscape, and the nearby Bernwood Forest.

Earlier this month I teamed up with SAVI, county councillor John Cartwright, environmentalists and local residents to make our objections to a special meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee.

I am happy to report the council agreed that more time needed to be made available to look more closely at the decision to award the contract for building this behemoth to Spanish-owned WRG, and will meet again next month.

The battle has not been won by any stretch, but I hope that by continuing to work together, we can stop this absurd plan that would have a devastating impact on the wider area in general and Calvert in particular.

What do you think? We’d love to hear from you on the issues raised. Our contact details are on page 6.