PUBLIC MEETING 19th SEPTEMBER @ 7.00pm
CORNERSTONE CHURCH, MINSTER ROAD, STOURPORT
THE LAWRENCE FIRE AND WHY THINGS MUST CHANGE!
Wyre Forest Green Party in association with Wyre Forest Friends Of The Earth, and ‘HWAG against Worcestershire incinerator’ are holding a public meeting to discuss the Lawrence Fire, its impact, the lack of proper regulation, and the wider health and taxpayer concerns about waste managment and the incineration business.
DISRUPTION: The recent fire at Lawrences caused massive disruption to local residents and businesses, not to mention the potential to harm our health.
AUTHORITIES RESPONSE: The first response from the authorities was very poor and only public pressure changed things. The petition adopted by Wyre Forest Green Party and Friends Of The Earth, which was started by a local resident, finally made the authorities do something about it.
HARMFUL: The truth is, such fires (17 recently across our region) are a result of bad management and ineffective regulation by councils and the Environment Agency, of this so-called ‘recycling’ industry. These fires release harmful particulates as well as PCBs and Dioxins, which are linked to cancer, yet very little is known about the collective impact of these fires upon us.
CHANGE NEEDED: This is an industry that needs better management and better regulation, so taxpayers don’t pick up the bill for poor practice like we have seen at Lawrences. Local green campaigners are calling for better laws and plan to meet Government Ministers very soon.
THE ‘RECYCLING’ TRUTH: Despite being called ‘recycling’ – what goes on at Lawrences and many other plants like it is not about recycling. It is about re-packaging waste and producing fuel bales for incinerators. These fuel bales are burned in incinerators and can produce the same harmful emissions, like PCBs and Dioxins, we saw from the Lawrence fire.
DANGER: Worcestershire County Council now intend to build their very own INCINERATOR at a total COST TO US OF £1 BILLION right on our doorstep. This is madness at a time of cuts to essential services and when there is already incinerator ‘over-capacity’ in the Midlands. Future environmental legislation will mean we will be left with an expensive white elephant of an incinerator come 2023 – which we ALL still have to pay for even if it is left unused or unusable.
It must be stopped – we don’t need another expensive and unnecessary council vanity project. Not only are incinerators one of the most expensive ways to deal with waste, they are also one of the most toxic methods too. There are cheaper, greener, and more flexible waste management systems that could save the council £20 million a year without the associated health risks, but the council refuse to look at them – and the question is WHY?
Come to the PUBLIC MEETING at CORNERSTONE CHURCH STOURPORT on Thursday 19th September 7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm) and find out why these issues are important, and why we need a change of direction from Government, the Environment Agency, and councils, on how we deal with our waste.
FOR YOUR SAKE, YOUR CHILDREN’S SAKE, YOUR HEALTH’S SAKE, AND FOR YOUR WALLET’S SAKE WE NEED TO ACT NOW!
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY COMING TO:
CORNERSTONE CHURCH, STOURPORT, on Thursday 19th September 7.00pm (free entry)