The Labour Group believes the gasification plant in St. James could be a unique opportunity for the town.
Labour believes businesses and households are paying too high a price for their energy and anything that brings prices down is a good thing.
However, whilst in principle it is could be very beneficial there are questions that need to be answered and reassurances given before it goes ahead.
Cllr Danielle Stone, Leader of Northampton Labour Group, said:
“Potentially this gasification plant could be very good news for the area. I obviously welcome creating safer, cleaner energy that recycles local waste. This plant will also help bring in investment and jobs and hopefully stimulate further regeneration.
Whilst we support this gasification plant in principle we still have many questions and want further reassurances. The new link up of St James Mill Road will aid the development of the needed infrastructure and this must be completed before the gasification plant becomes operational.
Questions that need to be answered include, what exactly will be the increase in heavy vehicles on local roads? How can we be sure that toxic waste is safely removed and disposed of? What will be the increase in noise in the local area coming from the gasification plant?
Perhaps most importantly the big issue has to be good public consultation with the people of St. James and the town. So far we have not had decent consultation and we hope this will change in the near future. This gasification plant can’t go ahead unless everyone has an opportunity to get involved in the consultation. The views of the residents are paramount. We need an open and honest debate on this and not knee jerk reactions.”