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Incinerator Building Work Begins

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7:00am 6th August 2012

After years of legal wrangling building work is starting on Cornwall's controversial incinerator.

Teams begin clearing the site at St Dennis on Monday, putting in the main compound and fences.

Protestors say it could be a massive waste of money because their campaign is not over.

Ken Rickard from the St Dennis Anti Incinerator Group (STIG) said: "At the end of the day when the plant is decomissioned in possibly thirty years time, Cornish taxpayers will be liable for the cost of demolishing that plant.

"Incineration is an out of date, dirty, polluting technology. It's got no place in the modern world. We've got visual, noise and dust impact on the local community and devaluation of property in the local area which is already taking effect."

Works scheduled to begin on Monday include, establishing a main compound and boundary fencing, setting out engineering control points, clearing vegetation and putting in noise monitoring stations. Officials also say they will maintain an "ecological watching brief."

In a statement Cornwall Council said, "Following the decision of the Supreme Court to refuse permission to allow the St Dennis Branch of the Cornwall Waste Forum to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to reinstate the planning permission for the CERC, works are due to begin on the site on Monday 6 August 2012. 

"These works, which were approved at a meeting of the Cabinet earlier this year, will be carried out by CORMAC Solutions Limited on behalf of the Cornwall Council."

The scheme is costing £117m.

Nobody from the council wanted to be interviewed about the start of building work.

7:00am 6th August 2012

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