Incinerator decision delay "unacceptable"

Welsh Government ministers must make a decision on whether to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment on the incinerator at Barry Docks – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said. 


Earlier this year – Minister for Environment Hannah Blythyn confirmed to Assembly Members that she “minded to” insist an EIA take place – as part of the latest planning application on the site.


Despite some 8 months now passing – no decision has yet been made – a situation Mr Davies described as “unacceptable”.


Speaking in the Senedd – Mr Davies raised the matter with First Minister Carwyn Jones – and asked for a date by which the decision could be expected.


In response – the First Minister confirmed the Minister would make a decision “shortly” – and would write to him to provide details of the timescale.


Mr Davies said, “Residents of Barry and indeed the wider Vale are very concerned about the incinerator – and I congratulated the Minister when she announced she was minded to insist an EIA be carried out.


“But it has now been over 8 months since she made that statement – and we are still waiting for a decision.


“This is unacceptable – and the Welsh Government must not backtrack. A decision must be made – the Vale cannot be ignored any longer.”