Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Burning Passions 2 : Derbyshire People Stand Firm in the Face of Possible Incineration

The waste incinerator industry continues to make fatuous attempts to re-invent itself in the face of widespread public distrust.

Warwick Integrated Generation Ltd is the latest to come up with a ridiculous euphemism, applying to Derbyshire County Council for permission to build a `power station` which works by a process of `gassification` ( an incinerator that burns rubbish ) in the Pye Bridge area of Somercotes.

However that may be, they`re not having much luck so far.

On Monday 23 August the DCC Planning Committee heard from local people who complained that they were unaware of the application until Saturday 21 August when campaigners from Spondon and Sinfin Against Incineration (SSAIN) and Derby / South Derbyshire Friends of the Earth leafleted the area.

In fairness, there had been some coverage in local papers, but this had not been extensive. There have been a number of similar applications in the area, one of which proved particularly controversial, which may have led to some confusion.

Councillors quite rightly decided to defer making a decision to allow for further public consultation.

SSAIN communicate with the world via a Facebook page, as do the similar-but-different Spondon Against Cyclamax. Useful websites are UK Without Incineration Network ( http://ukwin.org.uk ) and Friends of the Earth ( www.foe.co.uk ) .

Three articles have appeared in the local press ( see http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/  ) ;

Chris Jones - Objections to Third Waste-to-Energy Power Station Plan, 28 November 2009
Unsigned - Decision is due on Power Station Plan, 17 August 2010
Rachel Butler - Power Station Decision Delay so Public can Have Their Say, 24 August 2010

Another company, Resource Recovery Solutions, are appealing against rejection of their plans for a similar development in Sinfin, Derbyshire.

Another incinerator application, concerning a site near Raynesway, has also been rejected.

For information on a similar application in Nottinghamshire, see my article Burning Passions ( this blog, 9 August 2010 ).

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