Friday, January 27, 2006

News from the Homeland

The main news from EUSWR(C) this week concerns the County Council's reported decision to spend FIVE HUNDRED MILLION POUNDS on a waste incinerator. Apparently, they are about to award a 30-year contract to a French company (spit!) to build and run a state-of-the-art waste incinerator somewhere in Cornwall. Currently, St Dennis seems to be the prime candidate for this treat. They are not, surprise surprise, too happy about this.

The County Council and the French company are adamant that the emissions from this plant are completely safe. Suggestions that in that case it could be sited in the grounds of County Hall were dismissed by the authorities. The French company of course will be a long way upwind.

You might wonder why we need to burn waste; why not just dump it in some of the large holes that litter the Cornish landscape. Well, the EU has a directive on waste disposal, and as the rest of the EU is short of holes, it has to be recycled or burnt. The end result is that, after suitable gold-plating by the Cornish government in Truro and the Scottish government in London, the Cornish tax payers are going to have to pay for this vast new enterprise. And breath in the fumes as well.

St Dennis is about five miles from where I sit and is the home of the europhile MP, Matthew Taylor. Ironic really. It is said that the plant will be served by a lorry every two minutes, or was it every 20 seconds? In fact, it seems likely that to be efficient it will have to import English waste!

You couldn't make it up!

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