SWARD (Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal) have issued a press release explaining how shocked they are by the speed of the Secretary of State’s rejection of their request for a public inquiry into Grundon Waste Management’s application for 20 more years at its Wingmoor Farm site.

Grundon is now set to continue to bring waste, including toxic incinerator residues from all over the UK, to Bishops Cleeve until 2029.

Gloucestershire County Council granted planning permission to Grundon on 22nd September 2011. The decision was made on a casting vote after a highly contentious planning meeting (and many years of campaigning).

SWARD, along with members of the public, elected members and local parish councils all took up the option of requesting that the Secretary of State call-in the decision and appoint an independent planning inspector to look at the case at a Public Inquiry.

SWARD spokeswoman Barbara Farmer said:

We were told it would take at least 8 weeks to make a decision on our request. In fact we heard just 24 hours after the deadline to submit requests. We cannot believe that such a major decision, which affects the lives of so many people, made at a meeting that was run in such an appalling fashion, has been upheld by what seems such a cursory glance by the Secretary of State. It is clear to us that commercial interests speak louder than public interests and the government’s promises about the importance of localism are just a sham. We are bitterly disappointed.

SWARD, individual members of the public and councillors have made formal complaints about the way the September planning committee meeting was conducted and these are still being investigated by the legal services team at Gloucestershire County Council.

2 Responses to “SWARD let down by Secretary of State”

  1. I was totally shocked by this as I didnt realise the planning meeting had taken place. I was further shocked to learn the secretary of state had rejected calls for an inquiry. Barbara Farmer came to Derby to speak about the issue of ash disposal at the Derby Inquiry which was most enlightening.

  2. Indeed Simon, Barbara and her companions added a dimension to the whole anti-incineration movement, by helping us consider more deeply the plight of those living in the vicinity of landfill facilities that accept air pollution control residues (aka fly ash). We owe them all a debt of gratitude.

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