West Midlands MEP James Carver has blasted EU bureaucrats in the Strasbourg parliament for saddling taxpayers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire with inflexible rules on waste which could lead to the creation of a white elephant incinerator.
UKIP MEP James Carver spoke in the EU Parliament yesterday (Monday, February 9) to highlight how the European Union´s "one cap fits all approach" to the problem of waste disposal, could cost hard-pressed tax payers in Worcestershire and Herefordshire dear.
Last December, Mr Carver, who lives in Worcestershire, accused Herefordshire Council of having "money to burn" on the £160 million incinerator.
The overall cost of the project, which the MEP believes is a "foolhardy and unnecessary gamble", could, over its lifetime, cost a colossal £1.6 billion.
In his speech in the EU Parliament yesterday, Mr Carver, said: "The Framework Directive on Waste, like so many outpourings of bureaucracy from these institutions, uses a `one cap fits all approach´, to the problem of waste disposal, despite the ways that different member states have traditionally approached this subject.
"I am often asked, by both constituents and journalists, what impact the EU really has on my country.
"I can think of no better example of the EU inflexibility, than by highlighting the development of a new incinerator in Worcestershire, as a response to this directive.
"In these worrying times of austerity and public service cuts, I am appalled that Council Tax payers, where I live and work in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, have been saddled with a project lifetime cost to the tune of £1.6 billion."
"There can be no doubt that this incinerator will become an enormous financial burden to my constituents."