It has now been revealed that developers seeking to construct the
eco-town at Curborough are also proposing an "energy park" to make the
town carbon neutral, and this will include a waste incineration plant
and the construction of wind turbines. "This raises further issues of
congestion and pollution in the area to the south east of Lichfield"
says Michael Fabricant. "And it jeopardises a County wide plan,
supported by DEFRA, to construct a waste incineration site on industrial
land between Stafford and Wolverhampton which will recycle all of
"No explanation has been given regarding how the waste is to be
delivered to the incinerator, how tall the incinerator will be nor the
height of its chimneys, and what noxious smells will be emitted across
Curborough and southern Lichfield. Similarly, the height of the
proposed windmills could destroy views across the Trent Valley affecting
the outlook from the Armed Forces Memorial in Alrewas.
"I shall be taking soundings from local councillors, residents, the
management of the National Memorial Arboretum, and FACT (Fradley Against
Curborough eco Town) regarding the acceptability of the energy park and
will continue to press Housing Minister, Caroline Flint, for some
answers. She has gone very quiet on this issue. I wonder if this
heralds another Downing Street U-Turn" adds Michael.