First Minister is turning his back on Merthyr and the incinerator

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales East, Veronica German has today questioned the First Minister on his government’s involvement in the proposed Covanta Incinerator in Merthyr.

Speaking in the Assembly today Ms German asked if he could explain why the First Minister had stated that his government was a not a statutory consultee on this planning application.

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) website clearly states that the Welsh Assembly Government is a statutory consultee at both the pre application and examination stage of the process.

When asked, the First Minister stated that it was “Not a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government”.

Ms German Commented:

“I am amazed that the First Minister can so easily turn his back on the people of Merthyr.

“It comes just days after a protest outside the Senedd by protesters from Merthyr, the Rhymney valley and Blaenau Gwent.

“They do not understand why their government are not willing to state their position on this proposed development, particularly since it seems to conflict with the government’s strategy for waste.

“The fact that the First Minister refuses to even comment is shameful.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats are determined to fight this inappropriate proposal all the way.”

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