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Decision day looms for incinerator plan

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Protest against a large scale waste incinerator, which is proposed on land at the old Ford airfield. Pictured are protesters with, MP Nick Gibb (centre) and members of Ford Parish Council. Ford. ENGSUS00120140117145219

L03111H14-IncineratorProtest Protest against a large scale waste incinerator, which is proposed on land at the old Ford airfield. Pictured are protesters with, MP Nick Gibb (centre) and members of Ford Parish Council. Ford. ENGSUS00120140117145219

PLANS which could see an incinerator built at a Ford waste plant are set to be decided.

Grundon Waste Management, has put forward the plans for the former Tarmac Topblock site on Ford Airfield Industrial Estate.

They will be discussed by members of West Sussex County Council’s planning committee on Tuesday when councillors will decide whether or not to give them the go-ahead.

Grundon plans to burn a mixture of waste materials, including plastics, and has already been given a certificate of lawfulness to store waste at the site.

But it needs permission from the county council to build an incinerator and produce energy.

The plans have been vigorously objected to by residents and local parish councils.

The county council has received 551 representations. Some 537 oppose the application, five support it and nine raise issues to be considered.

Under the plans, which officers at the county council have recommended for approval, Grundon would handle 200,000 tonnes of largely commercial and industrial waste at the site per year.

A report prepared for the meeting states: “The proposed development is envisaged to result in approximately 108 HGV movements (54 in and 54 out), which based on a ten hour day, would equate to approximately five to six HGVs an hour.”

Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Nick Gibb has shown support for protesters fighting the plan. Mr Gibb attended a demonstration against the incinerator held in January. During the rally he told residents he was ‘very concerned’ about the plans.

The planning committee will meet at County Hall, Chichester, at 10.30am on Tuesday, June 3.

 

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