FULL STORY: People power wins as Middlewich incinerator plans go up in smoke

Middlewich Guardian: FULL STORY: People power wins as Middlewich incinerator plans go up in smoke FULL STORY: People power wins as Middlewich incinerator plans go up in smoke

MIDDLEWICH'S waste plant battle is finally over.

After an agonising four year wait, Covanta's controversial plans to build an incinerator in Midpoint 18 business park, 500m from the town centre, have been thrown out.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, made his decision public on Friday to dismiss the American corporation’s appeal.

Brian Cartwright, chairman of Cheshire Anti-incinerator Network (CHAIN), said: “This announcement is a great victory for the people of Middlewich and I know it will lift a dark cloud of dread that has been over the area since Covanta came on the scene.

“It comes after CHAIN and the community fought a long campaign to oppose the proposal.

“We note with interest that Mr Pickles and the Planning Inspector placed a great deal of emphasis on the issues raised by us which included need for the facility, traffic impact including vehicle emissions, health, air quality, visual impact, natural habitat and the localism agenda.

“CHAIN would like to particularly thank the local people who actively supported our campaign for their hard work and enormous efforts in opposing the proposal.

“They have also rightly earned the gratitude of generations of Middlewich townspeople.”

Covanta wanted to build a £200million waste plant capable of burning 370,000 tonnes of commercial waste a year.

Timeline

February 2008 - Covanta reveals its plans for a Middlewich incinerator

March 2009 - Covanta applies for planning permission

June 2009 - Middlewich Town Council recommends the scheme for refusal

April 2010 - Cheshire East Council rejects the proposal

March 2011 - Public inquiry begins after Covanta appeals against the decision

July 2012 - Secretary of State dismisses the appeal

Clr Mike Parsons, ward member for Middlewich, said: “On Friday, July 20, justice ruled in favour of fairness and common sense and struck a blow for democracy and the common man.

“Cheshire, and Middlewich in particular, is worth far more than becoming the dumping ground of the UK and together we can be proud of continuing to defend that standpoint."

Clr Keith Bagnall, chairman of Middlewich Town Council planning committee added: "This is fantastic news for the people of Middlewich.

“Since the very start, Middlewich Town Council, along with our colleagues on Cheshire East Council, have fought against this proposal on sound planning principles such as traffic and visual impact.

“We were not being NIMBY (not in my back yard) - if we had been we could have lost. At every stage we used the planning process against Covanta.”

The incinerator plans were refused by Cheshire East Council in April 2010.

Covanta decided to appeal despite overwhelming opposition from campaign group Cheshire Anti-incinerator Network, an 8,000-strong petition and 3,300 letters of objection.

But Mr Cartwright warned that Covanta still has six weeks to launch another appeal.

Malcolm Chilton, Covanta’s managing director, said: “We are disappointed that the Secretary of State has decided to refuse planning permission for our proposed energy-from-waste facility at the Midpoint 18 business park in Middlewich.

“We are reviewing the decision to inform our options as to how to proceed.”

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7:58pm Wed 25 Jul 12

Misterstevetea says...

Great news. Covanta understand we don't want you gifts we want clean air something you cannot give us. We want a safe place for our children to grow up, not in the shadow of all the lorries which are required to feed your incinerator which would pollute our town. Green its is not.
Great news. Covanta understand we don't want you gifts we want clean air something you cannot give us. We want a safe place for our children to grow up, not in the shadow of all the lorries which are required to feed your incinerator which would pollute our town. Green its is not. Misterstevetea
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4:32pm Thu 26 Jul 12

Middlewichresident says...

Middlewich HAS become the dumping ground of the UK, certain areas of Cheshire are protected from everything bad because the big boys of the Council live in these area's so they don't want all the junk so it gets thrown at Middlewich. I wish I could think of something positive and that is a real benefit to all that is in Middlewich. We don't even have a swimming pool or anything half decent the young can enjoy and even the poor elderly have had their dial a ride nabbed. And then you read about the Chief exec and her 93k handshake and you just despair.
Middlewich HAS become the dumping ground of the UK, certain areas of Cheshire are protected from everything bad because the big boys of the Council live in these area's so they don't want all the junk so it gets thrown at Middlewich. I wish I could think of something positive and that is a real benefit to all that is in Middlewich. We don't even have a swimming pool or anything half decent the young can enjoy and even the poor elderly have had their dial a ride nabbed. And then you read about the Chief exec and her 93k handshake and you just despair. Middlewichresident
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6:29pm Tue 31 Jul 12

alemild says...

Coventa should be now be hit hard with a law suit demanding they pay the full cost incurred by council tax payers defending their arrogant appeals against the refusal to allow them to ride roughshod over the people of Middlewich with their pollution factory.

In the future, given their track record of wasting British taxpayers money, this company must be forced to put up a non refundable bond each time they lodge any sort of application - even if it's just for a garden shed.

No question that rogue companies like this must be hounded out of Britain and back to their country of origin, where they can build as many pollution plants next door their CEO's house as they want for all I care.

Coventa - Good riddance to very bad RUBBISH.
Coventa should be now be hit hard with a law suit demanding they pay the full cost incurred by council tax payers defending their arrogant appeals against the refusal to allow them to ride roughshod over the people of Middlewich with their pollution factory. In the future, given their track record of wasting British taxpayers money, this company must be forced to put up a non refundable bond each time they lodge any sort of application - even if it's just for a garden shed. No question that rogue companies like this must be hounded out of Britain and back to their country of origin, where they can build as many pollution plants next door their CEO's house as they want for all I care. Coventa - Good riddance to very bad RUBBISH. alemild
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11:26pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Alfster says...

That's the incinerator gone but we still have a Morrisons that will clog up the town centre and a new housing build on Warmingham Lane that will no doubt be built and some more on the west of Middlewich where it seem the farmer has sold some land. There is not the infrastructure/roads
/jobs in the area to support such an expansion. Sandbach stopped the build on the old Albion Chemicals site.
That's the incinerator gone but we still have a Morrisons that will clog up the town centre and a new housing build on Warmingham Lane that will no doubt be built and some more on the west of Middlewich where it seem the farmer has sold some land. There is not the infrastructure/roads /jobs in the area to support such an expansion. Sandbach stopped the build on the old Albion Chemicals site. Alfster
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