Posted by Editor on 2nd June 2011 at 03:24 PM
Video: D-Day for Monton Incinerator protest
by Tom Rodgers
It's decision day today for Sky Properties' gasification plant and recycling centre on Canal Bank, Monton.
Despite a year-and-a-half of solid protests, Salford Council's planning officers recommended the plans for approval ahead of today's meeting.
The Say No To Green Lane Incinerator group are hopeful that the plans will be quashed after another waste centre was denied planning permission just 100 yards down the road.
Anthony O' Connor and Sons Ltd applied to build a waste transfer centre on Naysmyth Business Park which was rejected by council planning officers.
The O'Connor centre would have dealt with a similar amount of waste to Green Lane Eco Park, around 200,000 tonnes per year.
MPs Hazel Blears and Barbara Keeley, along with local councillors John Cullen, John Mullen and new girl Lisa Stone all joined the protesters outside the Civic Centre today.
If the decision goes against them, the Say No to Green Lane Incinerator group will challenge the decision.
Owner of Sky Properties and the 18 hectare piece of land Anthony Hirsch, has always maintained that the plant is "a world away from an incinerator".
He told SalfordOnline in a recent interview that money would be spent on expanding the road along Green Lane.
Traffic calming measures - for the 160 HGVs per day that the Eco Park will need to keep it in business - are also in Sky Properties plans for the roads around the old Mitchell Shackleton engineering works.
A decision is expected by lunchtime today (Thu 2 June).
[update] The application has been refused, unanimously. Full report to follow this afternoon.
Comment by Ex Seadog ( member ) 2nd June 2011
This is a victory on two fronts... a victory for democracy, and a victory for common sense. Well done to the council!
Comment by bpspmc ( member ) 2nd June 2011
It is not over yet as Sky Properties has announced it will appeal the decision made today .
Comment by Hiram Abiff ( member ) 2nd June 2011
[update] The application has been refused, unanimously has to be the best piece of news for evryone within inhaling distance of what this plant would have disgorged into the atmosphere. WELL DONE to all involved in actively fighting this proposal
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