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MP's anger over incinerator firm's "disregard" for public concern

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Local MP Steve Barclay has blasted the firm looking to build a mega-incinerator in Wisbech after it failed to respond to concerns he has raised about the development.

Mr Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, who has been opposed to the building of a 54megawatt burner on land off Algores Way in Wisbech from the outset, has written to the Planning Inspectorate, to express his frustration at MVV Environment Ltd's lack of response.

In his letter to Sarah Richards, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, he explained that a report he commissioned on the proposals, which he has previously described as "deeply flawed", was sent to MVV back in August.

Steve Barclay MP is strongly opposed to the Wisbech incinerator and is angry at the lack of response to his report on the proposals from MVV Environment Ltd.
Steve Barclay MP is strongly opposed to the Wisbech incinerator and is angry at the lack of response to his report on the proposals from MVV Environment Ltd.

However, three months later and Mr Barclay has still had no reply despite chasing MVV again in September in a bid to get them to respond.

He told Ms Richards: "The consultation is supposed to be meaningful and engage with the concerns of residents and businesses. As such, MVV are not participating with the process"

Mr Barclay concluded by asking for advice on "the level of engagement" they should be adhering to.

Highlighting his frustration further Mr Barclay posted on his Facebook page and said: "It is disappointing and, frankly quite outrageous, that there has still been no response from MVV, following the independent report I published in the summer showing a large number of flaws with their consultation.

" The expert report I had commissioned in response to the consultation highlighted multiple inconsistencies and outstanding questions regarding both the consultation process and the proposal itself.

"The report identifies inaccuracies and misleading information that was presented in the consultation, with a lack of detail in multiple areas, including the adverse effects of the scheme.

"There are many people in Wisbech and the surrounding area, myself included, who are strongly opposed to this flawed incinerator project. However, this 12-page expert report, commissioned on behalf of local residents, clearly demonstrates why this scheme should not go ahead.

"Written by a strategic consultancy which advises on the development of sustainable infrastructure projects, it is not coloured by the emotion of those of us who may be affected by the increased lorries on our roads or the spoiled view across the Fens.

"The report sets out factual and practical issues and the community deserves to hear a response from MVV.

"The lack of response from the developer also reflects their disregard for the worry and concern this flawed proposal is generating with local businesses and residents I have now written to the planning inspector to draw their attention to the developers unacceptable approach to the consultation and failure to engage in this process."

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