On Friday 12 January, Priti Patel will lead a public meeting hosted by PAIN (Parishes Against Incinerator) on the Rivenhall incinerator, helping to inform residents about the impact it will have on the surrounding area.
As there has been no community engagement from the applicants, many residents of Witham will know very little about the impact the incinerator will have on them. For example, they may be unaware of the health dangers of the fine particles that will be emitted (which the Royal College of Physicians has warned against), or that there will be more than 400 extra lorries on the roads to deliver the waste that is processed.
The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP says she “stands with local residents in opposing the development of the Rivenhall Incinerator”. “This incinerator is damaging to our communities and I urge decision-makers to listen to our views and refuse the forthcoming planning application.”
There are currently two planning applications before Essex County Council, as the applicants are hoping to increase the chimney height to 58m – higher than an electricity pylon. Permission was granted in 2010 for an integrated waste management facility with a smaller chimney, which was refused a permit by the Environment Agency.
Since 2010, conditions on the facility have gradually been removed, meaning the majority of the waste will now be incinerated and most of the energy produced will actually be required to power the facility. The increase in incineration has been granted despite clear evidence from organisations such as
The meeting is open to all and details are below:
- Venue: Spring Lodge Community Centre Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powers Hall End, Witham CM8 2HE
- Time: Doors open at 7.30.the meeting will commence at 8pm and finish at 9.30pm
- The Panel: Priti Patel MP; Nick Unsworth of PAIN (Parishes Against the INcinerator), Tony Collins, Collins & Coward Planners.
- Question & answer session to follow speakers