Battle to prevent waste plant heads to Court of Appeal for new protest [Derby Evening Telegraph (England)]
(Derby Evening Telegraph (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A CAMPAIGNER involved in the battle against building a waste treatment plant in Sinfin has issued a rallying No retreat, no surrender cry ahead of the next court challenge against the plant's planning permission today.
Simon Bacon, chairman of Sinfin and Spondon Against Incineration, said that, if today's effort fails, those fighting the development would look for other ways to stop it.
He said: If there is an option that we can go for, then we will use it.
Friends of the Earth's Dorothy Skrytek has had her legal aid extended to continue her fight against the plans by waste firm Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS) for the Sinfin Lane site, after having her last appeal dismissed.
The Lord Justices Maurice Kay, Beatson and Briggs will hear her case in the Court of Appeal, at the Royal Courts of Justice, London, today.
A free bus has been laid on by Friends of the Earth to take the campaign's supporters to the capital. So far, the proposals have been subject to one planning committee meeting, two public inquiries and three court appeals. Miss Skrytek and SSAIN have long claimed that emissions from the plant would cause health problems for people living nearby.
RRS has signed a long-term agreement with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council to deal with household waste and the plant is central to its plans.
The plant would use a gasification process - heat-treating rubbish to create gas which is then burnt to generate electricity.
Anti-incineration campaign expert Shlomo Dowen said that the question behind the latest appeal was whether or not the judge who dismissed Miss Skrytek's last effort thought he was granting permission for an energy recovery facility or for a disposal facility at the same level on the waste hierarchy as landfill.
City council leader Paul Bayliss says the plant will definitely be built.
In August, the Derby Telegraph reported how the two councils were planning for the plant to be fully operational by January 2017 to cut the Pounds 370,000 a month it costs to send waste to landfill.
Mr Bacon said: We are exercising our right to fight a proposal we don't believe in at a time when the Government is pushing localism, through which we are supposed to be able to mold our community. The councils should have engaged with the community of Derby fully before putting together a scheme which would have shown them the strength of feeling and directed them in a different direction.
In a statement ahead of today's hearing, RRS's parent company Shanks said it remained confident of the benefits of the facility for the community of Derby.
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