'No' to the Invergordon Incinerator
My family and I love Scotland. We have had a family home there for 40 years, and treasure its beauty, tranquillity and purity of its air. We have worked hard with conservationists to restore and enrich the environment in our local area, and were naturally concerned when plans to build a rubbish-burning incinerator a few miles away were given the go-ahead by the Scottish Government.
After nearly three years of campaigning, I am delighted to hear that the Reporter, Mr Richard Dent, has made the first move in righting the government’s wrong. He has had the good grace to recognise our objections and has granted that some aspects of the case against the incinerator be heard by a Public Local Inquiry (PLI).
Mr Alex Salmond put environmental support at the heart of his policies and as Scotland's first prime minister, he has a responsibility to cut emissions and safeguard the people who elected him, and the land they live in. This is a wake-up call for him. He cannot continue to say that he does not make planning decisions because he has delegated the decision making to a Reporter. It was his SNP government who granted planning permission on appeal wanted to force this rubbish burner on an innocent local community, showering thousands of people with chemical deposits that will harm their health and may even bring on cancers. Now this terrible scheme will be properly examined in a public forum for all to see and hear. Thank goodness for that.
The inquiry will hear evidence that will prove beyond a doubt that the building of this pollutant-spewing incinerator would devastate the health, wellbeing and safety of the local people and the local economy and cause irreversible damage to the native wildlife. When the Reporter makes his recommendations to Mr Salmond and his ministers I hope he decides to act properly on them, rather than ignore them. If he did, I would have more respect for them. But if he simply chooses to do nothing but preside over the pollution of his country, while ruining the lives of a large number of those who live in it, I will be left wondering whether it would be better if he went salmon fishing and forgot about being a politician altogether.
To get involved in the campaign against the incinerator, or for more information about the campaign, visit the ICare Trust website. Read more about Mohamed's opinion on the proposed incinerator.
The Times: Consulted and Ignored: Council takes legal action over incinerator (April 2012) View article
BBC News - Public Local Inquiry to be launched. (March 2012) View article
Press and Journal - Showdown over probe into £43 million incinerator. (March 2012) View article
The Scotsman - Mohamed Al Fayed speaks out against a £43 million waste incinerator near Invergordon. (March 2012) View article
Press and Journal - Support for campaigners fighting plans for a £43 million heat-from-waste scheme. Press and Jounral. (March 2012) View article
STV News - Anti-incinerator protestors prepare for final push. (February 2012) View article
Image - courtesy of Mark Moxon.