Motion Brought to Full Council Meeting
This week at the full Trafford Council meeting, a motion was brought forward by the Conservative Group, which stated:
This Council deplores the recent action of Peel Energy in appealing the decision of Trafford Council’s Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for a bio-mass incinerator in Davyhulme. This was a unanimous decision of the planning committee on the grounds of the perceived threat to the health of Trafford residents.
The council demands that Peel Energy reconsiders its decision to appeal the refusal and withdraws their appeal forthwith.
This motion was tabled by Davyhulme East Councillor, Lisa Cooke, who expressed a strong emotional case against the incinerator and backed her statements up with robust evidence. She said, “I believe that Peel Energy should rethink their plans on the basis of sheer public outcry, in the spirit of working with the local community and not against the people.”
Both the Labour and Liberal-Democrat Groups supported the motion and Jane Brophy said, “The Liberal Democrats fully endorse and support the motion and would like Peel Energy to withdraw their appeal forth-with.”
The Labour Group felt that Trafford Council should give out a stronger statement and proposed an amendment which said:
Further this Council resolves to investigate using its powers under the Sustainable Communities Act to petition the Government to change the planning system so that developers cannot appeal to central government to overturn a local planning decision.
Urmston Councillor, Kevin Procter, spoke to the amendment and stated, “It is outrageous that Peel Energy have ignored the council’s decision and ultimately the wishes of the people in Trafford.”
Councillors from all three parties made representations at the meeting, and expressed their grave concern at the impacts that the incinerator would make to the quality of life of Trafford residents. They referred to the chimney height being too small; pollution in the Air Quality Management Area already exceeding the legal limits; the perceived public health risks; and the impact upon the regeneration of the Borough of Trafford.
BCAG members attended the meeting to witness the fantastic support of all the councillors. It was extremely encouraging that the unanimous, cross-party support represented public opinion in the borough. BCAG is very grateful for all of the support that we have received from all councillors during our campaign.
All councillors in the chamber agreed with the amended motion and it was agreed that they would continue to support and help us with the forthcoming Public Inquiry. We will continue to campaign for as long as it takes with the help of both Trafford Council and the residents of Trafford.