Essex County Council was not consulted in any way on your article 'public protest forces waste strategy U-turn' (NCE 4 February). I would highlight a number of points.
The County Council has a waste plan prepared in conjunction with Southend County Council identifiyng eight sites which could be used for major waste processing industries, including incineration. Essex is developing a contract strategy which may or may not need to use any or all of the major disposal sites identified in the plan.
To assist in the development of an agreed contract strategy with district councils, the county has accepted a delay in the public inquiry into the waste plan from early summer to autumn this year.
My understanding is that a number of authorities within Essex would like the County Council to adopt a strategy which would lead to recycling and reduction of municipal waste to levels as high as 70%.
There are 12 other district councils within the new Essex County Council administrative area, not 14 as you stated.
How the very complex issue of waste management can be developed in Essex has been a matter of public debate for well over three three years. There are clearly some sections where the public were very concerned about the possibility of waste incinerators.
Such concerns are of both a general and site specific nature. The County Council would clearly not wish to adopt any strategy that created a danger to public health.
John Sanders, head of transportation and operational services, Essex County Council, County Hall, Chelmsford CM1 1QH