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TRAFFORD COUNCIL REJECTS PEEL HOLDINGS INCINERATOR
 

Star date: 11th November 2011

PEEL HOLDINGS INCINERATOR WITH THE SALFORD FALL OUT KICKED OUT

After a huge protest movement by the community and its Breathe Clean Air Group, Trafford Council last night threw out Peel Holdings plans for an incinerator at Barton.

Campaigners claimed that toxic airborne emissions from the plant would have blown straight into Salford and last night Trafford's councillors rejected the plans because of "genuine and significant public concern over the perceived impact on public health".

Full story here…


For over a year, Barton's community, led by its Breathe Clean Air Group, has been fighting Peel Holdings' plans for what the company calls the `Barton Renewable Energy Plant'. It's also known as an incinerator, as described by Trafford Councillor, Michael Cornes, in October…

"When Peel Energy first showed me their intended plans I told them I was primarily concerned about emissions from the chimney, toxic waste removal from the site, and the increase in traffic, caused by ludicrously importing waste material from outside the area" he said "None of these concerns have been satisfactorily addressed, and my concerns have only increased…It has been labelled `biomass' to make it sound environmentally friendly but even Peel Energy admit to 5-10% non-biomass and the Environment Agency confirm it is an incinerator!"

There have been huge protests and marches by the community determined to oppose Peel's incinerator, and last night, finally, Trafford councillors rejected the plans - and the recommendations of its own officers - explaining that there was a "genuine and significant public concern over the perceived impact on public health" and that it was too near residential areas.

At one of the Breathe Clean Air Group protest marches in January, spokesman Duncan Moules told the Salford Star that even if the Barton incinerator plans were defeated there was a good chance that Peel would try to move the site to land it owns in Irlam, with the decision in the hands of Salford Council as a softer planning authority option.

"We've got to look at places like Irlam, because it's no good us stopping this one if they move it to Irlam and we've got to start the whole process again" he said "We need a complete re-think on this and a policy change from the Government down."

This victory over Peel Holdings in Barton shows what the community can do to change and influence decisions of the council…

See previous Salford Star articles...

* Peel Holdings Incinerator Protest (Jan 2011) - click here

* Fight Against Peel Continues (Oct 2011) - click here

 

Mike g wrote
at 06:12:39 on 14 November 2012
Peel holdings do not give a monkeys about local people our lives are a misery at weekends because of traffic to that expense retail park now they want to poison the air just to make more profit and big boys and girls as usual do not live local shame on them greed
 
Vince McBain wrote
at 16:36:42 on 24 November 2011
I guess it remains to be seen whether "concern" and "perception" are valid reasons under Planning Law or just a sop to residents. If there is a planning inquiry then it remains to be seen whether the Councillors will have the guts to take the witness stand themselves or - as is more usual - defer to the Council Officers who wanted it approving in the first place!
 
steve briody wrote
at 10:52:32 on 22 November 2011
how can such a project be turned down by a small majority of winging people and councillour s whom are put in there position by people of the borough of which also they should take into consideeration are paying there high exspence s to speak there mind when they should be looking at form s of income only 150 were invited by ticket only in which is no no to this part of the borough i hope peel take this to the top and win
 
geri brown wrote
at 12:26:42 on 12 November 2011
Well done to Trafford Council for putting the Trafford residents first and not bullies that Peel are, we will keeping fighting for this incinerator to be STOPPED it is not yet over there are to many of the dirty incinerator in this country already; quote from energyjustice.net; 'Anything that creates pollution in the course of producing eletricty should not be considered CLEAN,GREEN, or RENWABLE. Thanks to all that have supported us over the passed 15 months. A Member of The Breathe Clean Air Group
 
James wrote
at 22:11:41 on 11 November 2011
Not in my back yard!
 
Alex wrote
at 18:29:09 on 11 November 2011
Here's some info about the pro-incinerator front group (Generating Renewable Energy in Trafford). Hope the Salford Star can do more digging - If it wasn't enough that GREAT swallow and regurgitate wholesale the untrue claims from Peel's glossy brochure about what they'll be burning, and much more.... This so-called independent support group that always gets lots of column space - the domain was registered by Gareth Moore, allegedly of J Fletcher Engineering. He's sent in comments on the planning Green Paper - doesn't sound like he's an outraged local person! According to companies house, J Fletcher manufacture metal structures & parts, do general mechanical engineering and other building installation. Sounds like they have or are bidding for the contract for the the proposed plant! Smell a rat yet? Read the GREAT front group website, and it reads like someone else has written it for them... The amount of press coverage GREAT get, there will be a PR company employed by Peel pushing this fake opposition. Indeed, Matthew Sutcliffe one of the founding members, is an environmental communications consultant at Envirolink. They have worked extensively for Peel Holdings. Another founding member, Ian Birtwell, used to work at J Fletcher, and now works for a company producing filters for industry! And the last 'completely independent' founder works for United Utilities, who surely have no work dealings with, er, Peel Holdings, and is a Waste Compliance Manager. All these details easily found surely are unrelated. Indeed, the trumped up group GREAT "are highly supportive of the scheme and the benefits it will bring to" the business community and themselves.
 
k carter wrote
at 14:28:01 on 11 November 2011
i live in irlam we are already putting up with all sorts of rubish being dumped on the barton stretch enough is enough peel holdings should be ashamed putting profit before life. no no no to the incinerator.
 
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