Minister will decide incinerator’s fate

PLANS for an incinerator plant in Ford have been held-up by a government minister.

Minister for local government, Kris Hopkins has called in the decision by West Sussex County Council which approved the incinerator site at Ford Airfield back in July.

The application had been deferred by the committee when it met a month earlier.

This means the application is stalled while Mr Hopkins gets personally involved with the case.

He will now decide the final fate of the facility.

A letter sent to Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb by Mr Hopkins says the county council has been instructed not to grant permission on the application without the secretary of state’s ‘specific authorisation’.

Applicant Grundon Waste Management had hoped to develop the former Tarmac Topblock with waste materials including plastics, being burned in an incinerator. The facility could have handled 200,000 tonnes of largely commercial and industrial waste.

The plans had been fiercely opposed by Arun District Council, Ford, Climping, and Yapton parish councils and Littlehampton Town Council.