Councillor Rob Stewart will address a public meeting organised to discuss the planned installation of a waste incinerator in Llansamlet.
There have been around 2,500 objections posted on Swansea Council’s planning site about the application for a state-of-the-art incinerator situated in Clarion Close in Llansamlet from Biffa, the waste management company.
The public meeting is set to take place at Samlet Social Club (6.30pm) on Thursday, November 8.
The planned incinerator is less than 500 metres away from a school, very close to housing and next to a nature reserve.
“There is a groundswell of people in the area who are very against this Biffa installation and we expect a lot of residents and others to attend the meeting on Thursday,” said Cllr Ryland Doyle.
The four Labour councillors – Doyle, Penny Matthews, Alyson Pugh, and Mo Sykes – are opposing the application, which will see the go-ahead for the incinerator with a 25-metre stack which will burn up to 25,000 tons of non-recyclable industrial and commercial waste per year.
In a statement, the four Llansamlet councillors said: “We find this application is totally unacceptable to have in our ward, or any ward for that matter, especially as it is to be situated close to the heart of the community.
“We are strenuously recommending that people in the vicinity voice their objections. We cannot have this waste incinerator so close to Swansea Vale Nature Reserve, Lon Las Welsh School, and residential housing in Tregof Village and other parts of the ward.
“Whatever Biffa might say, it has to be health and an environmental concern and it is hard to believe they think this is a viable plan.”
The councillors are particularly worried about Biffa’s plans because this is a new-style incinerator that has not been used in the rest of the UK. As well as public objections to the council, a petition has been set up.