Group backs plan

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A RESOURCES group serving the Tees Valley has thrown its weight behind a Hartlepool Mail-backed campaign.

The Tees Valley and North East Sustainable Resources Alliance has welcomed the NEvolution campaign which calls for decision-making to be devolved from Whitehall to the North-East.

Its members form a powerful alliance to highlight issues facing the resource sector, and to help accelerate its growth in the North East.

A spokesman said: “The waste and resources sector, which is vital to the UK economy, is being driven by investments in the North-East. There are almost 40,000 people from the region employed in the sector and the number is growing every year.

“As a region we need to exploit the natural resources, skills and technologies we have readily available to increase our market share of the sector, and build on the good start we have made.”

They say the region is already punching above its weight and told of some of the alliance’s recent achievements.

l A £320m investment in the UK’s largest waste gasifier which is currently being built by Air Products on Teesside.

l A £250m investment in a new waste-to-energy plant to be built by SITA and Sembcorp at Wilton handling 350,000 tonnes of Merseyside’s waste.

The spokesman said: “These investments put the North-East on the global map. However, this is only the start.”