Public has say on black bags

HUTTON Moor, land next to housing developments and China - these are just a few of the suggested sites for a giant waste disposal unit. Dozens of council tax payers turned up to a meeting last Monday night to discuss where to put their black bag rubbish.

HUTTON Moor, land next to housing developments and China - these are just a few of the suggested sites for a giant waste disposal unit.Dozens of council tax payers turned up to a meeting last Monday night to discuss where to put their black bag rubbish.At the end of the discussion, which took place as part of a public consultation on what to do with non-recyclable waste, residents made a number of suggestions about where the units, which could include an 80ft incinerator, should go.Other popular locations included disused quarries, Portbury and Avonmouth.Environmentally-aware residents also raised concerns that the most popular choices chosen by North Somerset representatives before the meeting, were the ones that would produce the most carbon dioxide emissions.Before the public consultation parish councillors, North Somerset Councillors and representatives from community groups analysed the options.When they looked at the seven options available to them two out of three of their highest ranked facilities produced the highest emissions of the gas.The West of England Waste Management and Planning Partnership, made up of North Somerset Council, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and Gloucestershire councils, is holding the consultation to look at how to cope with increasing pressure from the Government to put less non-recyclable waste into landfill sites.A total of £180,000 will be spent on talking to the public to find out what people think is the best way to tackle the problem. The consultation ends on March 23.Options include building incinerators to turn waste into energy or building a large composting facility. There could be a few big sites covering the west of England or several smaller ones in each local authority.At Monday's meeting, held in the Winter Gardens, Weston, Adam Reed, who works for hired consultants Hyder Consulting said: "The decision making isn't yours, it is the decision of elected members of the full council."North Somerset councillor David Shopland, who was present at the meeting, responded by saying: "If all the councillors who have spent their time coming to the consultations do not get re-elected in May then North Somerset's director for development and environment, David Turner, will have to start all over again."Anyone who wants to find out more about the consultation can call 01934 888802 or log onto www.rubbishorresource.co.uk

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