Aylesbury Vale District Council Leader John Cartwright calls in Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet decision
Aylesbury Vale District Council Leader John Cartwright has called in Buckinghamshire County Council’s (BCC) Cabinet controversial decision to approve Spanish-owned WRG Ltd to build an expected 300,000 mass burn waste incinerator at Lower Greatmoor farm, Edgcott.
The calling in will lead to the Cabinet’s decision being put to the Scrutiny and Overview Committee on 14th December 2010 and if that Committee determines the decision needs to be called in will then lead to a special further scrutiny meeting on 22 December 2010.
Campaigners against the incinerator, led by UKWIN members Stop Aylesbury Vale Incineration (SAVI), have already demonstrated the mass of local public opposition to the incinerator and have raised concerns regarding the apparently close relationship between WRG and BCC.
SAVI have also noted that a recent email from Buckinghamshire County Council, supposedly from an entirely separate department, about a local village green application announced that the “Waste site was approved by Cabinet this week”. Campaigners are asking: “Was this wishful thinking or perhaps evidence that, despite many protestations to the contrary, the Council think it is a done deal”?
Local MP John Bercow has referred to the questionable nature of the secrecy surrounding the incinerator decision. BCC has refused to explain the decision to let WRG back into the tender process (with the knowledge this time that they had to slash their price) on the basis of ‘legal advice’ but he refuses to divulge what it was about or what the advice was. This advice could be put to the test should the European Council decide that the contract tendering process should have been re-opened.
Helen Howard, one of SAVI’s legal team states:
BCC first of all said they had no money to deal with the village green application until the new financial year began in April 2011, but suddenly that decision was reversed and a public inquiry is being brought forward to early 2011. Many people have said to us that there is a very fishy smell emanating from County Hall and now becoming a very strong stench.
WRG have a weak planning case in trying to inflict a huge mass burn waste incinerator upon this precious rural heritage and it looks as if they are doing all they can behind the scenes at BCC to improve their chances and make millions out of our misery.
We in SAVI, (Stop Aylesbury Vale Incineration) supported by our constituency MP John Bercow, will continue to do all we can to stop this monstrosity from being built.