The Incinerator – What Next?
News reached Cornwall Council that the High Court legal challenge against the Sec of State, Eric Pickles granting planning permission for the CERC (incinerator) in St Dennis has been upheld.
As yet, the full ruling has not been released. It is rumoured that the Judges decision will be available in full this coming Tuesday or Wednesday. This cannot come sooner for Cornwall Council because of the cost implications on the tax payer.
Those residents in St Dennis are no doubt cock-a-hoop on this decision as they have fought a long campaign against this incinerator. The question is, how will this effect everyone else in Cornwall?
Disposing of our waste has to go somewhere and our current landfill provision will soon run out. So what options do the council now have? This in itself is a interesting question because there has never been a plan B on the table.
I know a plan B was suggested at many of the Waste Panels I attended, but nothing was ever drawn up. I feel not having a plan B was an oversight, and one that is now likely to bit us tax payers in the bum.
The trouble will any waste incinerator is no matter where you place it, the local population will be against it. Yesterdays decision just shows that when a local population gets together for a common purpose anything can happen. Who would have thought this small settlement of St Dennis would take on the might of the Sec of State, Cornwall Council and SITA and win.
But, what will be the cost of that win?
I have though asked for an urgent briefing to be held as soon as possible for all Councillors spelling out the current, and more importantly, the future position of the council.