Feedback from Kateâ€™s Westminster Debate
As you may know, I recently led a debate in Parliament to publically grill the Energy and Climate Change Minister, Charles Hendry MP, about the scientific evidence behind renewable energy and to raise your concerns about the health and environmental implication of Peelâ€™s proposals.
I was joined by Labour MPs, Paul Goggins and Sheila Gilmore. Paulâ€™s constituency neighbours mine and Sheila is also opposing a biomass power station in her constituency in Scotland. I emphasised to the Minister residentsâ€™ concerns about emissions from the plant, the monitoring process and the effect of the plant on local amenities.
As I said in the debate, it is not enough for organisations, such as the Environment Agency, simply to say to residents that theyâ€™ve reviewed the available evidence and that they donâ€™t see a significant threat to public health. We need more information; any threat, not just significant, is worrying. Local communities need to be empowered to make decisions about their own local areas and I want to hear commitments from all political parties to ensure that happens.
You may have heard in the press, the Government announced the abolition and reform of hundreds of public bodies, some of which have a responsibility to protect public health. I therefore questioned the Minister to find out what assurances he could give that these announcements would not compromise the publicâ€™s safety. The Minister would not go into further details about this.
If youâ€™d like to read the transcript of the debate and see what the Minister had to say in response to the points I raised please click here.
We anticipate that Peel will submit the planning application shortly. Once the application formally opens for public consultation Iâ€™ll let you know. You will then be able to raise your concerns directly with the Councilâ€™s planning committee who will decide whether to approve or reject the application.
Iâ€™ll continue to keep you updated and in the meantime if I can help with anything else please donâ€™t hesitate to contact me as Iâ€™ll be more than happy to help where I can.
Regards and best wishes
Kate Green MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston
www.kategreen.org – Putting people first in Stretford & Urmston