At a well-attended Residents meeting in Barry Dock on Tuesday, November 21st, the Docks Incinerator Action Group laid out the next phase of the campaign against the Barry Incinerator. Members of the public and a number of elected Barry Town and Vale of Glamorgan councillors attended the meeting in support. Jane Hutt and Andrew RT Davies sent representatives also.
Councillors and public alike noted that further planning applications have been submitted on and near the Incinerator site on Woodham Road. All were incensed that building work has already begun this week, without planning permission and generally agreed that the company are showing complete disrespect for the Vale Council and the people of Barry.
Many people also claimed to be confused by NRW’s announcements in last week’s press that they were planning to issue a draft permit. A DIAG spokesperson said “it is unacceptable that the legally required public consultation process over the last 12 months has been so poorly conducted by NRW. The people of Barry have no idea of the procedure for deciding on Environmental permits for such a complex installations. DIAG will be assisting the people of Barry to call the NRW as the Relevant Authority to account.”
During the meeting, many members of the public expressed fear and worry about the health effects of the Incinerator. It was firmly agreed that the full environmental impacts of the proposed Incinerator have not been properly considered.
The Docks Incinerator Action Group and the people of Barry Dock agreed to demand that the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, use his legal powers to direct Natural Resources Wales to REFUSE the permit and end this debacle once and for all. The ultimate power to stop this potential disaster for Barry lies with the Labour Administration.