The Welsh Labour Government is continuing to delay, obfuscate and prevaricate on whether to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment on the controversial new waste incinerator now in operation at Barry Docks.
The incinerator was built in the teeth of opposition from the overwhelming majority of Barry residents – and was forced through by Labour politicians against the wishes of the Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Computer projections show that the smoke plume of effluent from the incinerator could affect Penarth in prevailing winds.
Eight months ago the Welsh Labour Government’s little-known Environment Minister – Hannah Blythyn – had told the Welsh Assembly she was “minded to” require that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) be carried out … but since then there has been silence from Ms Blythyn – and no action from her department.
[Hannah Blythyn’s official Welsh Assembly profile declares she is “the first openly lesbian woman to be elected to the National Assembly for Wales” . Her background is that of a former student politician and a former Unite union official. In 2016 she was named as one of the 40 most influential LGBT people in Wales. ]
Now Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies has told the Welsh Labour Government that it MUST make a decision on an Environmental Impact Assessment on the incinerator at Barry Docks .
Mr Davies says it’s “unacceptable” that 8 months have now passed without a decision – and pressed home the issue in questions to First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The bearded Carwyn Jones – looking ever more like someone who’s been kept hostage without recourse to basic toiletries and a razor – said his minister would be making a decision “shortly” and that he would be writing to Andrew R T Davies to tell him when that would be.
Mr Davies is not satisfied with that delaying tactic. He says “Residents of Barry and indeed the wider Vale are very concerned about the incinerator – and I congratulated the Minister when she announced she was minded to insist an EIA be carried out. But it has now been over 8 months since she made that statement – and we are still waiting for a decision.”
Mr Davies says “This is unacceptable – and the Welsh Government must not backtrack. A decision must be made – the Vale cannot be ignored any longer.”