May 25 2011 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Carnbroe pyrolysis plant
COATBRIDGE’S parliamentarians are furious that the green light has been given to build the controversial pyrolysis plant in their constituency.
Elaine Smith MSP, who gave evidence at the inquiry and consistently raised the issue at Holyrood, was “horrified” to be told the news, while Tom Clarke MP called the appeal decision “a massive betrayal”.
Ms Smith told the Advertiser: “It’s so disappointing that the Scottish Government didn’t take the opportunity to refuse this when they had it, instead handing it to a reporter.
“I thought the case against the incinerator was overwhelming, and given all the evidence, I’m very surprised the decision is in support of the appeal.
“We now need to discuss the options with the community, but the main thing is not to lie down and accept this – we have to keep up the pressure and send a message to Shore that they’re not welcome in our town.
“For communities like ours to be a dumping ground is completely unacceptable, and everyone is concerned about the health implications.
“The concentration of facilities like this in Lanarkshire is deeply worrying and if the Scottish Government is serious their waste policy, they have to look at better ways of reducing, reusing and recycling.”
Both she and constituency colleague Mr Clarke were both outraged that Shore Energy’s successful appeal overrides the “democratic decision” of North Lanarkshire Council.
Mr Clarke was “shocked” by the news and added that the town’s asthma and chronic pulmonary disease statistics mean “the very last community in Scotland where one would even consider installing a pyrolysis plant is Coatbridge.
“This is about the value we place on our health; no community would wish to burden a future generation with an incinerator.
“I find it inconceivable that the announcement was made within hours of the new Scottish Cabinet being appointed, [but] the reporter’s view was not made known to my constituents until after the election.
“My heart goes out to those who fought so valiantly to stop this monstrosity – they have every reason to be proud, and the Government should be ashamed at their deceit.”