|Cranfield and Marston Moretaine||Conservative Party Candidate|
|Comments regarding the Covanta Incinerator sent to BACI|
|Thank you for your email and the opportunity to respond.
As you know, I have fought hard over many years to try to stop Covanta. I initiated and led 25 town and parish councils who joined together to stop Covanta getting planning permission.
I submitted evidence and represented the town and parish councils at the public inquiry in opposition to the Development Consent Order. It was a long and difficult process and required determination and effort.
I then led the town and parish council’s petition to parliament against the making of the Order (granting planning permission).
We eventually lost and the DCO was granted. However, we had thought Covanta had given up on the UK when they closed their UK operations. I was horrified when they reappeared in partnership with Veolia.
18 town and parish councils got together again (including our local town and parish councils) and I organised and co-wrote our objection to the Environmental Permit.
I have put a huge effort into fighting Covanta and I remain absolutely opposed. I go to the Covanta Liaison meetings and will continue to put pressure on Covanta so that should the plant eventually become operational it will be run as safely as possible.