Politicians failed us over incinerator
NICK Boles, Planning Minister, has said that certain criteria of our council's planning application, having significance beyond local authority borders, he imagines were not met. This was his response to a question put by local MP, Mrs Alison Seabeck.
Could I ask Messrs Seabeck, Colvile and Streeter, our area MPs, a) why they did not combine, across party lines, to fight this incinerator well before this response. If they did it certainly wasn't reported on to any extent and, b) Why ask this question only now, when application has been granted by this council and building work started?
A case, it seems, of closing the barn door after the MVV horse has already bolted.
As stated in UKIP's statement of principles and our local manifesto, we say the public should have power to require binding referenda on major issues both on a national and local basis.
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This council therefore should, we believe, have held a full, local referendum on this major issue before any agreement to build was given. By this means local people could have had a greater input into the proceedings and their thoughts and fears aired properly, along with other, external sources input regarding the output of chemicals into the air from the burning process.
As it was, the major source of information was from this newspaper, not the council itself.
Thank you to The Herald, but no thanks I believe to the 'open and democratic policy' promised by this council but in point of fact, sadly lacking.
This was an instance of a major planning debate being left to the Herald's editorial team and people's letters, with little open debate from the council itself.
This was I believe a point of "too little, too late" from our local MP or MPs to a coalition government whose only response is that they don't want to "cut across localism"; hardly something local people want to hear living just yards from this major disruption in their lives.
Chairman, UKIP Plymouth & S.W. Devon