Protesters waste no opportunity to be heard

October 19, 2010 by  

Angry protesters turned to companies offering banner printing around the Crewe area as they came out in large numbers to campaign against a giant waste incinerator proposed in nearby Middlewich.

Residents from the Middlewich area turned up at a meeting held in council buildings in Middlewich where representatives from the council and planning officers met to discuss the plans from a US energy company, Covanta, to put the huge burner on a business park in the area. Covanta are appealing against a council decision by Cheshire East to refuse the planning application and the decision now lies with the Planning Inspectorate. The 300 strong Middlewich crowd were armed with a large banner to get their message across that the area does not want the incinerator with the statement ‘Waste Incinerator, Not Wanted’.

The next step is for a government official from the Planning Inspectorate to look at the case which will take place during December. The group, ChAIN (Cheshire Anti-Incinerator Network), are said to be angry that the inquiry is due to be held in Crewe rather than in Middlewich where the local residents can turn out and show their opposition in full force to the plans.

A representative for ChAIN however noted that the Planning Inspectorate were already aware of the strength of opposition by the community to an incinerator being built on their door step and that the group would continue to work to prepare a further case for opposition to be submitted for December and would keep residents informed of the progress.
The protesters are keeping their banner printing company on standby should plans for the incinerator progress.