Tim Hill

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Elstow, Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick. Learn more

Covanta leaves the UK – Good news for now

by timhill on 11 May, 2013

Dear Resident

As the local Liberal Democrats suggested all along, the financial figures for the awful Covanta Incinerator proposal at Rookery Pit, Stewartby did not add up.

With only one potential customer so far for their monstrous scheme and their utter failure to secure waste management contracts from anywhere else in the UK, Covanta is seeking buyers for its UK operation. Click

http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/energy/covanta-seeks-buyer-for-uk-business to see the good news…for now…in an article by Lets Recycle.

However, Stewartby and the wider Marston Vale may not yet be rid of a giant incinerator on its doorstep. One of Covanta’s major assets is the Rookery Pit site. This is already designated for waste management. It also has a development consent order recently approved by a Parliamentary Committee. Other waste management companies may still see an opportunity for an identical proposal.


The local Liberal Democrats remain opposed to any proposal that uses waste from outside Bedford Borough.


Bedford Borough Council under Mayor Dave Hodgson had made a public commitment that Bedford Borough would not use the Incinerator to process its waste.


This is a tremendous victory – for now – for the residents of the Marston Vale and for their campaign against the incinerator that was actively supported by myself, Mayor Dave Hodgson, Cllr Charles Royden and many other local Liberal Democrats.



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