Blame the EU for the incinerator!
SIR - The proposed incinerator at Seven Brethren has become another controversial issue for North Devon, thanks entirely to the meddling EU. As I live in Barnstaple, my first reaction was not over my dead body , so I spoke to Devon County Council s exper
SIR - The proposed incinerator at Seven Brethren has become another controversial issue for North Devon, thanks entirely to the meddling EU.As I live in Barnstaple, my first reaction was 'not over my dead body', so I spoke to Devon County Council's expert and searched the Net for all the information I could find.I discovered that the incinerator is 'new generation' and subject to very strict regulation. It will produce 2 MW of surplus energy for the National Grid and hot water, which is why it has to be built close to other facilities to make it viable. DCC also told me that concerned residents can monitor the incinerator's data by laptop 24/7, such is their confidence in the system, and all the residual ash can be recycled.The French have just opened a huge incinerator in Paris, next to the river Seine, which will burn 500,000 tons of waste a year with the ash being removed by barge, so they must think it is safe.I am still not completely convinced, but the problem facing the Council Tax payer, is that the EU's Landfill Directive will soon become so expensive, that the �20 million incinerator is the only financially viable option.This means that those who oppose the plan will have two options, either deep pockets to accept huge increases in Council Tax, or leave the EU so Northern Devon can decide its own solution by open debate and a referendum.With the EU elections on June 4, it will give the electorate the ideal opportunity to say what they think of the situation and punish the political parties who support the EU i.e. the Greens and LibLabCon, who have got us 'in this mess'! Michael Pagram, Barnstaple.