EU should not decide how our waste is disposed of

SIR - My letter on the Barnstaple incinerator seems to have stirred up the pro-EU Conservative and Green Parties. I am surprised that the Greens have not done their homework, because Devon County Council intends to recycle the fly ash by taking it to Br

SIR - My letter on the Barnstaple incinerator seems to have stirred up the pro-EU Conservative and Green Parties. I am surprised that the Greens have not done their homework, because Devon County Council intends to recycle the fly ash by taking it to Bristol and use its high alkaline content to neutralise waste industrial acid, so most of the residue will be recycled.However, they both missed the most important issue, in that the EU Landfill Directive should not be deciding how the UK's waste is disposed of. The people of North Devon should decide, after informed debate over the various methods and costs, and a local referendum. Accusing me of being "single issue" 'and not being concerned about Council Tax is petty and ridiculous. While on the district council, I produced the first Opposition Budget which would have reduced the Council Tax and car parking charges increases to 2.5 per cent. The entire 20 Opposition councillors voted for it, but 22 Lib Dems voted against it, so the Council Tax increase that year was four per cent. The district and county councils could reduce Council Tax by refusing to fund the EU's unelected and unaccountable Regional Assembly, made possible by John Major signing the Maastricht Treaty. UKIP's policies are based on good old British common sense with smaller and more efficient government, free from wholesale interference from Brussels and determined by the people of this country. To call this view "extremist" is also an insult to 55 per cent of the population, who told the BBC in a poll that they wanted to leave the EU.Michael Pagram


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