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Fuming over waste plans

Debate over a multi-million pound incinerator raged on this week after cabinet members agreed to apply for funding for the scheme

Debate over a multi-million pound incinerator raged on this week after cabinet members agreed to apply for funding for the scheme.

If approved, the new plant will replace the 34-year-old site in Coventry and will serve Solihull, Warwickshire and Coventry councils.

The majority of councillors voted in favour of bidding for a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) waste disposal contract, which will support the building of a giant incinerator.

Speaking to the Solihull News a few weeks ago, Keith Kondakor from Friends of the Earth slammed the council's decision to go ahead with the joint proposal, claiming it would be a huge waste of money and not the most environmentally-friendly way to dispose of rubbish.

Solihull's Green Party have also spoken out against the plant claiming there are "cheaper and greener" alternatives available.

Coun Mike Sheridan (Green Party, Smith's Wood), was the only councillor who voted against applying for PFI funding at last week's full council meeting.

He said: "Incineration is yesterday's technology and will leave the taxpayers fuming when they see the waste of money."

Coun Sheridan claimed the current incinerator costs the council around £2 million per year but this will rise to over £4 million per year, with the new incinerator, even with state subsidies.

Like Mr Kondakor, Coun Sheridan was in favour of increased recycling or greener methods of getting rid of waste.

Leader of the council Ken Meeson dismissed claims the new incinerator would be a waste of money.

"Comparing what is spent now to what will be spent in the future is not a proper comparison. They haven't taken into account what the cost is if we don't do this in terms of landfill tax."

Mr Meeson added that Solihull council was proactive in devising recycling schemes and the type of incinerator to be used was open to alternative suggestions at this stage.

 

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