Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

COUNCIL REFUSES INCINERATOR AUTHORISATION

  • Comment
Redditch BC's enforcement committee has refused to grant an authorisation for an animal incinerator in Astwood Bank...
Redditch BC's enforcement committee has refused to grant an authorisation for an animal incinerator in Astwood Bank.

Councillors made the decision to refuse the application by Popes Lane By-Products at a specially-convened meeting last night.

The decision was taken after listening to the views of council officers, the applicant and both supporters and objectors to the plans.

The enforcement committee decided the applicant had failed to adequately take into account the lie of the land where the incinerator would be located, and the proximity of the local Astwood Bank First School and housing to the proposed chimney stack.

For this reason members were not satisfied emissions would be prevented, adequately reduced or made harmless.

The decision followed three-and-a-half hours of questions and debate in the town hall.

Enforcement committee chair Ron Passingham said it was a difficult decision for members.

'This is a very emotive issue, demonstrated by the presence of nearly 200 members of the public at the meeting.

'However, we needed to deal only with the legal aspects and other relevant factors of the application and ensure both sides got a fair hearing.

'In the end we felt it was impossible to guarantee, given the location of the incinerator within a valley and only a short distance from a school and homes, that in unusual meteorological conditions all emissions could be kept out of those buildings.'

Note

The enforcement committee resolved to refuse the application for the following reason:

The applicant has failed to adequately take into account the topography of this site and the proximity of the local school and housing to the proposed chimney stack and therefore the committee is not satisfied that the objectives of section 7(2) (a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 of preventing or reducing the release of prescribed substances or rendering prescribed or other substances harmless can be met.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.