Historic Victory for Campaigners
Last Thursday (10th November), Trafford Planning Committee unanimously rejected the controversial Barton Renewable Energy Plant. The Breathe Clean Air Group was thrilled with the fantastic result for the community, after our tireless efforts to build the case against the incinerator.
The Committee meeting was packed with local residents, local business owners, councillors and our MP, Kate Green, and many supporters stayed outside to await the result.
Presentations from Louise Burgess of the Breathe Clean Air Group and Emilia Hanna of Biofuelwatch highlighted many reasons to reject the plant. One particular concern was that the chimney height was too short to disperse pollutants effectively away from the residents (the reduced height was due to the restrictions placed by City Airport). This was one of the reasons that many councillors stated that this plant would be the wrong technology in the wrong location. The perception of health effects amongst local residents was also of great concern. It was also mentioned that this incinerator may lead to degeneration of the local area. Many cross-party Councillors from all corners of Trafford were able to voice their strong opposition to the plant too.
The whole community stood solidly together and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken action to make this happen. This is a historic victory for the people of Urmston and we are committed to the fight for as long as it takes!
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