|Burning Issue Group - Ware|
4 May 2010, Ware Hustings - Parliamentary Candidates Respond to BIG Question
“What is your party line on incineration and would you be prepared to stand against it, with particular reference to the proposed Biffa incinerator which, when built, will tower over Ware and surrounding areas?”
Andrew Lewin (Liberal Democrat): "I oppose this proposal because:
Steve Terry (Labour): "If elected I will champion the area because it is the job of a local MP to support local people ... I want to commit the Labour Party to support the Burning Issue Group, which I think is great and I am four square behind you. "
Mark Prisk (Conservative): "I know what Biffa is like, in my opinion, as an operator, they are one of the worst in that field. I opposed their original proposal because I don't trust the operator and beacuse of traffic issues and siting which appears to be deliberately inflammatory. The location is wrong."
Supplementary question from the floor : "I work in the waste industry. If you look at Germany they are putting a massive amount of money into recycling, should we be concentrating on recycling rather than dumping and burning?
Andrew Lewin: "The Liberal Democrats do not support EfW incineration. We support innovative recycling. The Liberal Democrats were a green party before it was fashionable. Vote for us if you care about the future of the planet. I came to the Burning Issue Group's inaugural meeting and kept quiet until we had heard both sides, now I want to oppose Biffa's plans. The LibDems are committed to a carbon free Britain by 2050."
Steve Terry [Labour are not against incineration]: "Jobs for the future are in developing a green economy for the benefit of the community. I think there was insufficient consultation with the local community about Biffa's proposal."
Mark Prisk [Conservatives are not against incineration]: "I agree we need to concentrate on recycling. We need to have a code of practice in manufacturing so that cardboard packaging is used instead of plastics. We need incentives to reduce waste, we believe in carrots and not sticks. There can be a place for incineration technology, fears have been overstated. I support what you have been doing in this group [Burning Issue Group]."