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St Dennis Incinerator Gets Go-Ahead

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5:53am 30th March 2012
(Updated 5:53am 30th March 2012)

St Dennis will get a massive incinerator on its doorstep.

A judge has ruled the plan can go ahead, despite campaigners arguing nobody has considered the environmental impact properly.

The council says it will run out of landfill space in five years.

Debbie lives nearby and reckons that is wrong. She said, "They've made all their decisions on the amount of waste which was being collected years ago. Since then we've been doing a lot more recycling, so there's this huge building planned and it's going to be half empty"

Locals won a legal challenge which blocked the proposals

Now the Secretary of State has successfully appealed.

David Buckle Project Director at SITA UK, the company behind the plans, said:“This is extremely good news for Cornwall which desperately needs the CERC to be built and operational as soon as possible, as landfill space continues to dwindle.

“Today’s judgment means that we are a step closer to putting Cornwall’s residual waste to good use, with the production of enough energy to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes and the ability to provide heat to local industry", he added.

In St Dennis campaigners are vowing to fight on saying they will take their case to Europe if need be.

Ken Rickard said:

"It must emphasised that this is not the end of the road as regards to our campaign as there are still various options open to us. The campaign will continue until all avenues are exhausted.

Our legal team have already applied for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court and if necessary will take our case to the European Court. Also an injunction is being considered to prevent SITA from restarting any work on the planning proposal."

Mid Cornwall's MP Stephen Gilbert is backing them. He said, "Not because people in St Dennis are NIMBY's but because an incinerator is the wrong thing for Cornwall. It will be a white elephant that will sit in the middle of the county for at least 30 years as we go forward into a 21st century that's going to be much more about renewables and recyclables, much more about putting the environment first. It's simply the wrong solution and it's time the council thought again."

In a statement Cornwall Council said: "Cornwall Council welcomes the decision by the Court of Appeal to grant the Secretary of State and SITA’s application in relation to planning permission for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre.

"While we recognise that those who have campaigned against the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre will be unhappy at this judgement, it will enable the Council to take action to tackle the waste crisis facing Cornwall. 

"As a result of this judgement, which reinstates the planning permission originally granted by the Secretary of State, the Council will now be working with SITA to finalise the Revised Project Plan.

A report setting out the next stages of the process will be submitted to the Council’s Cabinet"

5:53am 30th March 2012

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