Marston Moreteyne Action Group (MMAG) has called upon Bedfordshire’s political leadership to meet urgently with community groups and Parish Councils to discuss the ramifications of the Energy from Waste plant proposed for Rookery Pit South by Covanta Energy.
Covanta has announced a series of exhibitions to be held throughout the Marston Vale, the initial dates giving just a weeks’ notice to local communities:
|Friday 10 July||Stewartby||2 pm – 8 pm|
|Saturday 11 July||Parkside Hall Ampthill||10 am – 6 pm|
|Sunday 12 July||Houghton Conquest Village Hall||10 am – 6 pm|
|Friday 14 August||Millbrook Village Hall||12 pm – 8 pm|
|Saturday 15 August||Marston Vale Forest Centre||10 am – 6 pm|
|Sunday 16 August||Wooton Memorial Hall||10 am – 6 pm|
MMAG believes a number of issues need addressing including:
- How far down the track are Bedfordshire’s unitary authorities in relation to this and other proposals for Rookery Pit?
- The potential scale of the plant importing waste from outside Bedfordshire to achieve maximum efficiency.
- The loss forever of a rural landscape and its environmental impact with increased traffic to and from the site.
- Whether the proposal will act as a magnet for the complete industrialisation of Rookery Pit South?
- The reference to providing surplus heat to NIRAH and the Wixams
- Will the ‘green electricity’ be free?
Hugh Roberts, Chair of MMAG said:
“The Marston Vale is now able to breathe clean air with the closure of Brogborough Landfill site and Stewartby brickworks. Who knows what we will breathe coming out of the incinerator chimney”
Note to Editors:
The MMETAG was formed on June 24th 2008 to organise opposition to the eco-towns and has no political affiliations.
MMEATG re-launched as Marston Moreteyne Action Group (MMAG) on 19th April 2009
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