At the next full Council meeting Labour will be welcoming the news that there will not be a waste disposal plant at West bridge depot in St James. The motion will also say that the County Council in future must make a business case of why there needs to be a Waste to Energy plant in Northampton and that it must have the support of the local community.
Cllr Danielle Stone, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“It’s great news that the Waste to Energy Plant is no longer going ahead at the West bridge depot. This is huge victory for the campaign opposing the gasification plant and the residents will rightly feel a huge sigh of relief.
The debate now needs to be broadened to how we reduce waste, reuse waste where we can but recycle what can’t be reused. The solution cannot be that we send more to landfill. Northampton needs to lead the way on the green agenda.
We could potentially send our waste to the plants in either Milton Keynes or Corby. At present they have spare capacity.
In terms of waste disposal we need a firm business case by the County Council to explain why there needs to be a waste disposal plant in Northampton. They have never done that. It is our ambition as a town to have unitary status so we need a long term answer for our waste disposal.
The County Council don’t seem to have any sensible ideas when it comes to waste. For instance, they have just decided to try to force the borough and district councils to charge residents about £40 a year to collect green garden waste. In addition, the County Council would like to have green bin collections every three weeks rather than fortnightly. We will oppose this silly idea.”