Two-day hearing ends with burner go-ahead

A11 Week 31'MCBH'DP'Visit to energy from waste plant (incinerator) at Zistersdorf in Austria
A11 Week 31'MCBH'DP'Visit to energy from waste plant (incinerator) at Zistersdorf in Austria

THE planning application by WRG for an energy-from-waste incinerator at Calvert was passed by a majority of seven to two by Bucks County Council’s development control committee last Friday.

At the end of the gruelling two-day deliberations, voting went along party lines, with only the Liberal Democrat councillors for Aylesbury North, Mary Baldwin and Niknam Hussain, voting against the proposal.

County councillor for Winslow, David Rowlands, voted for the venture, after managing to secure two amendments.

As a result of one amendment, no construction work is to be carried out on Sundays or bank holidays.

The other amendment means that the access road to the planned facility and the roundabout at the junction with the A41 must be completed before construction of the building commences.

But Councillor Rowlands expressed disappointment that an amendment to prevent Sunday and bank holiday working at the site was not carried.

Mr Rowlands told the Advertiser: “I think it’s disgusting. I wanted Sunday and bank holiday deliveries cancelled and people didn’t support me on that.

“I feel passionately about it. It’s bad enough for people to have the delivery trucks rattling past their houses five days a week, but to do it on Sundays and bank holidays is terrible.”

However the meeting did agree a condition that only waste from Bucks household waste and recycling sites would be accepted on Sundays and bank holidays.

At the end of the hearing, chairman David Polhill said: “This must rate as the most difficult planning application this committee has ever had to deal with.”

He thanked the public for their time and contribution and added: “I’m sorry we weren’t able to have John Cartwright on the committee. He is a good and valued member of this committee.”

He said Mr Cartwright had made his own decision based on legal advice

He told the Advertiser: “I’m delighted it’s all over. It was a very difficult decision to come to because there was a lot of public concern, which was to be expected.

“The application having been gone into in minute detail, it stood up to scrutiny and we were left with no alternative.”