|Posted by hertswow on November 1, 2018 at 4:50 PM|
Charles walker OBE, the member of parliamnt for Broxbourne, has yet again spoken out in the House of Commons in firm opposition to Veolia's proposal for a residual waste incinerator in Hoddesdon. On 31st October 2018 from 7:00pm he led an Adjournment Debate on the damage that would be done to air quality around the A14 highway.
The Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Dr Thérèse Coffey, gave considered responses to the points raised.
Text in Hansard: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-10-31/debates/ACEEFE7C-CAB2-4BAF-A16E-FE4E057B9AB1/AirPollutionA10AndBroxbourne" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link
BBC iPlayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=adjournment+debates" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">link (in due course)
"...My general expectation is that the Environment Agency would consider the impact of the proposed development itself, rather than its location. However, the formal planning process should consider the location, including the travel routes and the impact it may have on the environment, including the air quality, in determining whether the development should go ahead."
"... However, the Broxbourne study clearly identified a much more significant problem than the national model, projecting that this stretch of road will see emissions that exceed the legal limit until 2028 if no further action is taken. That is clearly unacceptable. Now that both the council and the Government have a greater understanding of the problem, our priority is to work with Broxbourne Borough Council to find a means of addressing this as quickly as possible. ..."
"I understand that. Broxbourne has come to the attention of the Government via national modelling and local modelling specifically because of nitrogen dioxide emissions on that stretch of road. That is why the Government are working directly with Broxbourne. ..."