Thursday, 13 May 2010

Gibson disappointed by waste decision

News release
Immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has reacted with disappointment to news that, following an appeal, a waste to energy plant has been given the go-ahead for Invergordon after it was blocked by Councillors earlier this year.

Mr Gibson was commenting after an successful appeal against the council's initial decision to refuse the application for one to be built in the Easter Ross town.

Mr Gibson said…

"The huge carbon footprint of gathering waste for such a plant should be spurring us to reuse, repair, recycle as these are our best weapons against any economic case for such a waste to power plant."

"We should be looking to produce less waste not more so that they can power waste to energy incinerators. This is a retrograde step which will not be welcomed by the vast majority of people in Invergordon and surrounding area. "

Mr Gibson said it was disingenuous to blame the SNP Scottish Government for the decision. He pointed out that the reporter was independent of the SNP and the decision was not party political.

Mr Gibson who was speaking following a zero waste debate on Wednesday in the Scottish Parliament in which he took part said…

"The LibDem administration has no cause to lash out. Along with SNP Cllr Maxine Smith we have been strong and consistent opponents of the scheme and will continue to be. However now we see the Lib Dem led Highland Council administration in their true light. If they oppose incinerators, why was there no amendment by their MSPs in the Zero Waste debate in Parliament to that effect? Or are they merely as divided as ever when it comes to the crunch?"


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