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Star date: 24th February 2014

`IT WAS A FIX' SAY CAMPAIGNERS AS THREE YEAR BATTLE AGAINST PEEL INCINERATOR IS LOST

"Today is a backward step for democracy and localism"

In the High Court in Manchester today, Trafford Council lost its legal challenge to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who had previously given the nod for the Peel Holdings incinerator to be built.

Furious campaigners from the Breathe Clean Air Group accused both the Environment Agency and the Planning system of letting them down "both seem stacked in the favour of the developer"

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Breathe Clean Air Group
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"We are deeply disappointed that generating money has been prioritised over ensuring everyone's air quality is safe and legal" Breathe Clean Air Group

A three year battle against Peel Holdings' Davyhulme Incinerator - or the Barton Renewable Energy Plant - has been lost today, as a High Court Judge rejected a legal challenge by Trafford Council to the decision of Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who granted permission for the incinerator to be built following a Public Inquiry in 2012.

The campaign against the Peel pollution factory has been spearheaded by Breathe Clean Air Group which has organised big community marches and petitions, and whose fight against the incinerator has been backed by both Salford City Council and Trafford Council.  

The reaction to today's ruling was one of yet more disbelief by the Breathe Clean Air Group which issued an immediate statement

"Today is a backward step for democracy and localism. The local communities and the local Council could not have shouted any louder that this was the wrong technology in the wrong location. The decision should have been a firm 'NO'.

"Today's decision is also a leap in an entirely different direction to those of us who want a clean, green environment that safeguards the health of our communities. We are deeply disappointed that generating money has been prioritised over ensuring everyone's air quality is safe and legal. We thank Trafford and its Councillors for standing alongside us to take this case to the High Court. We are encouraged that they have started to take the issue of air quality so seriously.

"The reality of today's decision means that an incinerator almost as tall as the Chill Factore will be built opposite the stadium of Salford Reds and Sale Sharks Rugby Clubs and only 500m from the nearest homes. It will be a smiling assassin. The site is partially located in an Air Quality Management Area, where plans should be in place to reduce air pollution for public safety, not add to it.

"A low chimney will emit pollution containing Arsenic, Dioxins, Nitrogen Dioxide, nanoparticles and many many more dangerous pollutants into the air around the stadium, local houses, schools, parks, allotments, the Trafford Centre and various sports facilities at Trafford Quays. The short height of this chimney will mean the pollutants will remain more concentrated in the local area.

"This situation could have been entirely avoided. Alternative technologies exist for creating energy, as Peel well know (they are already developing and using alternatives at other sites across the UK). There is absolutely no need for this dirty incinerator here amongst our community. We do not understand how this proposal has been allowed to get so far.

"We have been let down by both the Environment Agency and the Planning system, which both seem stacked in the favour of the developer. The Environment Agency has never refused an incinerator permit, even when the local air pollution is at illegally high levels. They admitted to us in a response to a Freedom of Information request that they do not undertake unannounced emissions testing, which means we have everything to fear from a polluting incinerator that essentially will monitor itself.

"The Breathe Clean Air Group will not rest here though. The air quality in Trafford is already over the legal limits. We have made an official complaint to the European Commission that several readings are 50% over the legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide. The European Commission responded to us this week and also publicly announced that it has launched legal proceedings against the UK for unsafe, illegal Nitrogen Dioxide levels in 16 areas, including here in Greater Manchester. The UK faces fines of up to 300m a year, which demonstrates just how serious this issue is.

"Today's decision just digs us further into this deep, dirty hole and the Breathe Clean Air Group will continue the fight to climb out of it."

See also previous Salford Star articles click here - and click here to see how it will affect Salford

UoS wrote
at 07:17:08 on 26 February 2014
They've posted it online. It's a monster. Not terribly well reasoned: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2014/424.html

UoS wrote
at 06:20:20 on 25 February 2014
Can you post a link to the judgment if the judge allows us plebs to read it?

Mac wrote
at 19:58:57 on 24 February 2014
When will the people learn that we have no say in the best interests of this once great city. The council have been pulling the wool over the eyes of the electorate for years and as there is never any real opposition to the labor party when any election takes place nothing changes the names and faces may but the outcome is always the same,if not worse as the next mob have to outdo the previous incumbent and it will carry on. The saddest thing about this is that people thought that they could stop it happening. I love salford,I was born and bred there but I had enough of the way the council was run (I worked their for 6 years) saw first hand the damage that is inflicted on people with off the cuff decisions, made sat in a nice warm council chamber drinking tea and eating biscuits all at the taxpayers expense. Salford has a mayor who does not care about us and he will carry on doing what he wants, I have said it before and I will say it again there needs to be real opposition against this mob,Perhaps the salford star could put forward a suitable candidate then maybe there is a chance for us all to fight back

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