b-side statement on Portland Incinerator Proposal

b-side has considered the factors involved in the proposal to build an incinerator on the Isle of Portland, we believe its construction and associated use is not in the best interests of the island’s future. We have therefore submitted an objection to the planning application.
As the urgent need for economic growth and the impact of climate emergencies collide, the opportunities to develop sustainable communities and environments are increasingly challenging. b-side believes there is a way forward that supports economic, environmental, and community growth by harmonising the island’s industries with geotourism approaches.

GEOTOURISM  Source National Geographic 

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents. 

Geotourism is … 

  • Environmentally responsible - committed to conserving resources and maintaining biodiversity 
  • Culturally responsible - committed to respecting local sensibilities and building on local heritage 
  • Synergistic - bringing together all elements of geographical character to create a travel experience that is richer than the sum of its parts and appealing to visitors with diverse interests 

We will be hosting a b-side open Assembly discussion event on geotourism possibilities in Spring 2022. Watch this space for more info.