UKWIN has received the following unsettling news from our friends in Ernesettle:
The South West Devon Waste Partnership (SWDWP) announced yesterday that it had chosen three waste companies – MVV Umwelt, SITA UK and Viridor – to put forward more detailed plans. The three companies have come up with five different plans between them, all for incinerators, at Ernesettle, North Yard and South Yard Devonport and New England Quarry. MVV Umwelt and SITA have proposals for Ernesettle and Devonport and Viridor has put forward its own site at New England Quarry.
“The final solution and location will be chosen by the partnership. The public will be able to comment when the chosen company submits a planning application.” Report from The Herald 18 July 2009
Representatives from STIFLE had a meeting with officers from SWDWP earlier this week, before this decision was taken, to try to persuade them that the Ernesettle site is totally unsuitable and that incineration was not the best option. Sadly this was met with the response that, as people will not change their habits and recycle more, the Partnership feel that the only way forward is incineration.
Our major concern is that the only site left of the four which had been proposed by the Partnership is Ernesettle. STIFLE will need to step up the campaign and will welcome any assistance.
In May this year, Alison Seabeck MP presented an 800 signature petition in the House of Commons, protesting against the use of the site at Ernesettle. STIFLE also held a fund-raising gig in Ernesettle, raising £200 and bringing the community together for an enjoyable social evening.