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Buckinghamshire Residents Against Incinerators (BRAINS): April 2008 UKWIN AGM Update

Simon Woolf is linked to BRAINS. In Buckinghamshire 400,000 tonnes of waste are to be split between 2 incinerators, proposed for the Calvert in the north of the county and Wapseys Wood, between Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield in the south of the county (The Wapsey’s Wood site is already a landfill site operated by Veolia which is due to return to the Greenbelt by 2012). The business plan is flawed. We can prove waste is over-estimated and therefore there would be a need to import. Development is inappropriate for green belt. This has been linked to property prices. A permanent devaluation of property could trigger re–valuation (re-banding) for some, as Council Tax banding is considered on a case by case basis. Council could lose tax revenue, meaning sums used to justify proposals would be flawed if no provision for this is made. UKWIN should commission a national study to investigate possible 10-29% fall in house prices in real terms relative to general house price movements as a result of siting an incinerator in any given area. UKWIN to approach Pro-Help for voluntary research support?

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