Helen Bach: Why should Corby be a dumping ground?

The people of Corby and Northamptonshire deserve better than to become the dumping ground for 15 counties, says Helen

The people of Corby and Northamptonshire deserve better than to become the dumping ground for 15 counties, says Helen

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New Year, same old problems. The prospect of waste plants has raised its ugly head again.

Northamptonshire County Council granted planning permission in 2009 for a gasification plant in Gretton Brook Road. The proposals for Brookfield – which Corby Council disposed of in December 2014 – were to link to this.

To run effectively, waste plants need vast quantities of waste. In Scandinavia they now have to import waste to keep the plants they’ve built running.

The company proposing to run this plant in Corby – Drenl Ltd – has applied to NCC to have the 30-mile limit on from where it can bring waste removed to make this plant economically viable.

The firm wants to bring in waste from 90 minutes away. The map it has provided shows waste transfer stations and the vast area this covers.

It includes King’s Lynn in Norfolk – which had an application for an incinerator rejected – some of Essex, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, Banbury in Oxfordshire, Wolverhampton and Birmingham, Warwickshire, Cannock in Staffordshire, Nottingham and Newark, Derby, Lincoln and Boston, Leicestershire and Rutland. That covers stations in 15 counties, at least, and includes major cities. Why should Corby become a dumping ground for all these counties? Imagine the number of lorries this will create on our already clogged roads, the increased pollution.

Interestingly, the hierarchy of waste management has reduction of waste at the top, then reuse and recycling as the main priorities. Then follows recovery (ie gasification) and landfill as the least preferred options.

In my opinion, NCC should be encouraging more reduction, reuse and recycling in the county, not building waste plants and importing waste from far and wide to be incinerated.

If you feel the same, please email NCC at developmentcontrol@northamptonshire.gov.uk and tell them why the 30-mile limit shouldn’t be lifted.

Have pride in Corby and in Northamptonshire – we deserve better.

Read more from Helen here.