General Election 2019: Labour's Diane Boyd warns over jobs promises by waste incinerator firm
Jobs promises by the company aiming to build a waste incinerator in Wisbech come with no guarantee they will be given locally, warns would-be Labour MP Diane Boyd.
Diane, who has been campaigning across Fenland in the lead-up to this month’s general election, visited the site being proposed for the incinerator by MVV Environment.
She said: “The potential for an incinerator has been held over Wisbech for some time. Now MVV Environment have come forward with a proposal and are pointing to the creation of hundreds of construction jobs and then 40 full-time jobs once the plant is up and running.
"But the reality is there is no guarantee any of the jobs will go to local people.
“Waste and its disposal is an issue we must address, it is not going to go away, but incinerators are not the answer – especially when they are near to residential areas and schools. There seems to have been a focus in the objection on the odour that may emanate from the site, but the issues are much more sinister than that. The emissions can contain all manner of toxins that could have health impacts, many of which are yet to be fully understood.
“Wisbech does require investment but it should not have to choose between health and employment. Big companies should not be able to hold communities to ransom.”
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