Trafford Council is to formally challenge Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in the High Court following his decision in May to allow Peel Holdings' `Barton Renewable Energy Plant' to be built.
The incinerator is to be sited on the Trafford side of the Manchester Ship Canal but its emissions of nitrogen dioxide will affect Salford, with Wilfred Road in Peel Green receiving the highest dose of the toxic gas (see map for Salford schools affected and for more details see previous Salford Star feature click here and click here).
The local community via its Breathe Clean Air Group, and backed by Trafford Council and Salford Council, has been fighting the incinerator for three years, producing evidence that the Environment Agency gave the plant a permit based on flawed evidence.
This week, at a packed Trafford Council meeting, the following motion was passed…
"The Council condemns the decision made by the Conservative Government Secretary of State in overruling this Council's unanimous decision to refuse planning permission for the development of a Biomass Incineration Plant in Davyhulme.
"This Conservative Government decision flies in the face of the thousands of local people who have campaigned against and opposed this Incineration plant. The decision runs contrary to the definition of `Localism' and believes any notion of local democracy and the strong wishes of our community. In light of the above Trafford Council agrees to appeal the decision of the Secretary of State through the Court."
"We are very grateful to Trafford Council for having the commitment to fight this all the way" says Pete Kilvert, Chairman of the Breathe Clean Air Group "The group will support Trafford Council as we don't want or need a dirty incinerator in our neighbourhood for the next 25 years. The appeal to the High Court should give the Council and the Breathe Clean Air Group an opportunity to stop this incinerator polluting the air we breathe, once and for all."
To follow the campaign and get loads more details see the Breathe Clean Air Group Website at www.breathecleanairgroup.co.uk or click here
See also previous Salford Star features...
* Salford In Line For Peel Holdings Pollution - click here
* Salford and Trafford Councils Take on Peel Holdings - click here
* Only Peel Holdings In Favour of Incinerator at Public Inquiry - click here
* Community Takes To The Streets To Oppose Peel - click here