On invitation by Sharon Hodgson MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, attended a rally on 1st October 2018, in opposition to plans for a waste incinerator to be built in Washington.
The rally was attended by local residents and campaigners who oppose the incinerator being built at the site at Hillthorn Farm.
During the rally, Andrew said:
“I think the close proximity of residential properties is really quite shocking and I hadn’t appreciated until we came to the site.
“I feel very strongly that the environmental considerations should be uppermost in decision makers minds.”
Sharon, who has been opposing the plans, said:
“It was great to have Andrew visit the site today and speak to local residents who will be affected if these plans go ahead.
“I share my constituents’ concerns that the technology of the incinerator plant is not tried and tested, and that the proximity to local residents could pose a threat to their health and safety.”
Sharon has recently ‘called-in’ the planning application to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, meaning that if the Council approve the planning application it must be reviewed by the Secretary of State.
The planning application is yet to be submitted to Sunderland Council.
You can read Sharon’s letters regarding the incinerator here.