South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has welcomed the Welsh Government’s announcement that it intends to insist an Environmental Impact Assessment be carried out on the controversial incinerator at Barry Docks.
Speaking in the Senedd, Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn today announced that she has informed the developer she is minded to direct that an EIA must accompany the latest planning application before the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
This is, however, subject to representations made by the developer.
Mr Davies – who has long campaigned against the incinerator – described the news as a “step in the right direction” – but stressed that nothing could be taken for granted yet.
He vowed to continue to hold Ministers to account to ensure that an EIA would be made a requirement.
Mr Davies said, “Residents are rightly concerned about the impacts the incinerator at Barry Docks will have – which in my view is in a wholly unsuitable site.
“It has been frustrating that Ministers have so far failed to intervene – and I welcome the fact this seems to be changing.
“It is positive news that the Minister is minded to insist on an EIA – but we must remember that at this stage it is just that.
“There is still some scope to backtrack – so we must keep up the pressure to ensure this actually goes ahead.
“I will continue to hold Ministers to account as we all look to stand up for Barry.”