As Defra warns of high pollution in Broxbourne, Charles Walker calls for Veolia incinerator proposals to be scrapped

Charles Walker MP speaking in the House of Commons on the incinerator and pollution

Charles Walker raises his concerns at last week's press release from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the high levels of nitrogen dioxide in Broxbourne and calls on Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia to withdraw the planning application for the 350,000 tonne incinerator which will generate a further 90,000 HGV movements a year.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con)
On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. On Friday 5 October, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issued a press release notifying me and other Members of high levels of nitrogen dioxide in their constituencies. My constituency of Broxbourne has some of the highest levels of airborne pollutants in the country, along the A10 corridor. I am extremely concerned by this because we have a highly contentious planning application for a 350,000 tonne incinerator in the north of my constituency off the A10, which will generate a further 90,000 HGV movements a year. I urge you, Madam Deputy Speaker, to advise me on how best I can bring these concerns to the attention of Ministers, because Hertfordshire County Council and Veolia now need to withdraw this planning application until we have dealt with the pollution problems in my constituency and along the A10.

Madam Deputy Speaker (Dame Rosie Winterton)
I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point of order. He has rather successfully raised this issue in the House, and I am sure that those on the Treasury Bench will have heard what he had to say. Aside from that, there are obviously opportunities where he can raise the issue, such as in future business questions to ask for a debate or in departmental questions, but he has certainly raised the issue tonight.

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