Katy has welcomed the news that SEPA have partially suspended the permit of the Knowes Farm Landfill Site operator in a bid to solve the longstanding odour problem which has been a big issue for local people.
The MP recently wrote to SEPA asking that they take strong and decisive action to tackle the odour problem after a spate of complaints were received in a short period of time. These included complaints that the odour could be smelt within a 2 mile radius of the site including on passing trains. Since then constituents have contacted Katy to support her call.
The partial suspension of the permit means that the site operator has six weeks to make improvements to the site, which are hoped will help reduce the odour problem, during which time they will be unable to accept new waste.
Speaking about SEPA’s decision Katy said,
“I am pleased that SEPA have taken this decision following my call for action and I am sure it will be welcomed by the many constituents who have complained about the smell over many years.”
“The site operator being unable to accept new waste will undoubtedly cost them money and SEPA hope that improvements are made well within the six week deadline that they have set. If satisfactory steps are not taken by the site operator then SEPA have told me that they will consider further enforcement action which could include a report to the Procurator Fiscal.”
“SEPA have said that in last week the number of complaints by local residents has reduced significantly and I hope that the site operators will undertake work over the next six weeks which will see the problem reduced and this trend will continue. I would however urge local residents to continue reporting any problems and I would assure them that I will continue to press for decisive action of improvements are not delivered.”
Katy has welcomed the news that SEPA have partially suspended the permit of the Knowes Farm Landfill Site operator in a bid to solve the longstanding odour problem which has...
Katy has challenged the Government to hold a cumulative impact assessment into the impact of its welfare cuts following a debate in the House of Commons on the War on Welfare (WoW) Petition.
The debate took place after over 100,000 people signed an e-petition organised by disabled groups demanding such an assessment take place. Katy used the debate to highlight the impact that measures such as the bedroom tax and changes to the indexation used to up-rate benefits have had on disabled people as well as the effect which welfare cuts have had locally.
Following the debate the House of Commons backed a motion calling for a cumulative assessment and the immediate abolition of the Work Capability Assessment unopposed. The Minister for Disabled People however indicated that the Government does not intend to undertake these measures.
Speaking on the subject Katy said
“Since the general election in 2010, I have seen a massive increase in the number of people with disabilities and those who are sick contacting my office because of the Government’s various welfare changes. When taking decisions on welfare reform the position of people with disabilities should be one of the major considerations. Unfortunately under this Government all too often disabled people have been left worse off as a result of changes which they’ve made. The change from the retail prices index to the consumer prices index in the up-rating of benefits has a big impact on many people with disabilities, who, in effect, will be getting less than they would have if we had kept to the old system of up-rating. The bedroom tax has also disproportionately impacted upon people with disabilities.”
“I am pleased Parliament has had the opportunity to debate many of these measures due to the hard campaigning work of many disabled people and many disabled people’s organisations, including Disabled People Against Cuts and the WOW petition campaign. It is disgraceful that the Government are simply ignoring their voice and the voice of the House of Commons in refusing to hold a cumulative impact assessment into their welfare changes.”
The WoW Petition can be found at http://wowpetition.com/
Katy has challenged the Government to hold a cumulative impact assessment into the impact of its welfare cuts following a debate in the House of Commons on the War on...
Katy is set to meet residents of Gateside on Saturday 8th March at 11am in the Gateside Memorial Hall to discuss issues relating to traffic in the village. All are welcome.
Katy Clark said:
“Concerns have been raised over many years about the problem of traffic travelling at high speed through Gateside. The traffic includes articulated lorries driving through the main road at excessive speed as well as cars being parked on public paths at busy times. It was felt that these problems were increasing the risk for an accident to occur to residents or their families.”
“I recently wrote to North Ayrshire Council, Police Scotland and Malcolm Logistics, raising these concerns again and urging them to take steps to address the problems. I have received responses from all these organisations and I have written to residents who have been in touch before asking to meet again. Anyone else interested would be most welcome. I would ask any concerned residents to attend the surgery on Saturday or contact my office if they are unable to make that time.”
Katy is set to meet residents of Gateside on Saturday 8th March at 11am in the Gateside Memorial Hall to discuss issues relating to traffic in the village. All are...
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