MP to raise Stanton incinerator fears

Friday, 13 February, 2009

A campaign group fighting a proposed waste processing plant in Stanton has enlisted the help of its MP.

Members of Campaign Against Waste Site (Caws) met Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket MP David Ruffley on Friday to voice their concerns about plans for a facility at Shepherd's Grove Industrial Estate.

The site is one of five put forward by Suffolk County Council for a waste treatment plant, which could include an incinerator.

But at a packed meeting at the Duke of Marlborough pub, in Hepworth, residents from nearby villages spoke of fears over health risks from the facility and the impact of lorries travelling to and from the site.

Helen Dougall, of Walsham-le-Willows, said: "My worry about an incinerator is that noxious chemicals and gases will be emitted and I don't have any confidence in it being monitored properly."

Another campaigner said: "What puzzles me is how we became one of five potential sites when we're on the doorstep of countryside of stunning beauty- I find it insane."

Residents said a public consultation, which is due to finish today, was flawed as it gave no information about the type of plant that could be built or how much rubbish it would take.

Some people from Mid Suffolk villages close to the site said they had not been consulted at all, because the industrial estate is over the border in St Edmundsbury district.

Amber Newman, who organised the meeting, said: "We're not getting any answers.How can we be consulted about something we're not getting any information about? We don't even know what we're fighting."

Mr Ruffley promised to raise their concerns with the county council's leader and chief executive, saying: "There's a question about the public nuisance and odour and, more importantly, the health impacts, and I don't know whether all this has been tested out by the county council.

"I would also like to see their assessment of the impact on the road and the surrounding roads."

A final decision on which sites will be used will be taken by the county council in the summer.