A plan for a new incinerator near Ware, to turn waste into energy, has proved highly controversial. So Mark Prisk has written to the three hundred nearest households to seek their views about the scheme proposed by Biffa plc. The results can now be revealed.
Three quarters of those surveyed answered, which is a very high response. Despite a majority of people supporting the general technology of turning waste into energy, 99% of respondents rejected this scheme. The two main reasons cited were the potential dangers of air pollution (54%) and the proximity of the site to homes (36%). Other issues also mentioned by people were the impact of lorries on local roads, a lack of trust in the company, and the possible effect on the value of the people's homes.
Since the survey began, Biffa plc has announced they are delaying proceedings with the planning application. Mark Prisk said: ""I still intend to make Biffa and the authorities aware of the views of local people. They need to understand and respond to the real concerns of those most affected.""