2 August 2010
Residents of Adamsdown and Splott are up in arms over the approved application to build a waste incinerator at Trident Park.
The Green Party believes that the Lib-Dem/Plaid coalition in charge of Cardiff Council lacks foresight in its waste handling strategy.
The Green Party is opposed to incineration and asks Cardiff Council to set more ambitious targets for recycling, composting and to introduce new technologies such as anaerobic digestion as methods of disposing of waste.
The Green Party has major concerns about increased road traffic and effects on air quality in Adamsdown.
The incinerator will burn 350,000 tonnes of rubbish a year including waste brought from all over South Wales. More than 250 lorries each day will be coming in to the Splott and Adamsdown area along roads including Newport Road and Tyndall Street.
Matt Townsend from the Green Party explained: "Calling this Green energy is misleading and narrow sighted. Burning rubbish is not a Green way of producing electricity, research has shown that incineration can produce significantly more climate emissions than a gas-fired power station - and this will be on our doorstep.
"The Green Party supports all campaigns against incineration in Cardiff. Although Splott has a strong industrial background, the area is also home to many people, schools and communities who could be affected by this huge incinerator. This will make Cardiff the rubbish Capital of South Wales - is that a tag that we should be proud of?
"What would our Lib Dem/Plaid council have done if the application to build an incinerator had been in Rhiwbina or Llandaff? I believe councillors would have been in uproar, but because it's Splott they think this is acceptable. We need Green councillors in Cardiff who will stand up against plans like this."
Proposals for a similarly sized incinerator in Bristol were thrown out by councillors, following a huge campaign by Lib Dems against incineration. In the same month Cardiff council planning committee granted permission for the incinerator, even though the 12 person planning committee includes six Lib Dems.
The Green Party have a growing influence in Wales and are aiming to elect their first Welsh Assembly Minister in May. Their first MP, Caroline Lucas, was elected during this years General Election and the party have two MEPs and over a hundred councillors in councils across England.
Contact: Matt Townsend 07989 516958 or Sam Coates on 07590008249
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-10755473 BBC: Cardiff waste incinerator gets 'draft' approval
Viridor Land at Trident Park (5.46M) - Cardiff Council website
Planning Committee Minutes 09/06/10 (54k) - Cardiff Council website
Friends of the Earth Cardiff - Incinerator Campaign