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August 20, 2012 4:40 PM

Mid-Cornwall's Lib Dem MP, Stephen Gilbert has branded Cornwall's waste policy a "shambles" following Cornwall Council's extraordinary Environment and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting today, which decided that the Council's Cabinet had not properly considered the alternative to an incinerator in St Dennis and sent it back to them to try again.

Commenting, St Austell & Newquay's MP Stephen Gilbert said:

"It's clear that Cornwall's waste policy is now a total shambles. We've learnt today that, despite officer advice to work up a Plan B six months ago, the Conservative-led Cabinet decided not to look at alternatives. We've also learnt that the plan to go ahead with the incinerator now requires yet another planning application to be put forward adding up to another year of further delay with their so-called Plan A. And yet, despite all of this, the Cabinet refused to properly consider the alternative put forward by the St Dennis campaigners arguing there wouldn't be enough time.

"Throughout this whole process we've had a 'make it up as you go along' attitude from the Council who have consistently failed to listen to local people or look at cheaper, quicker and greener alternatives to mass incineration and have failed to give clear answers.

"The whole process is now a complete shambles. It's time the Council properly looked at a Plan B. There's a clear need for a sustainable solution to Cornwall's waste - and the Council's dumb headed approach to this issue continues to add delay and cost.

"I hope that the resolution of the committee today that the Cabinet properly looks at the alternative is supported by the Cabinet. We know that there is now the time to get this right - for the whole of Cornwall it's important that we do so."