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Westbury Incinerator Update

July 28, 2022 12:11 PM
By Ellen Nicholson

Local Councillors have given new hope to campaigners fighting controversial plans for a new incinerator at Westbury as they withdrew their support from the £200m waste plant at the Northacre Industrial Estate.

The final decision on the scheme's fate will be made after a planning inquiry likely to be held in November.

South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats are delighted with the latest decisions on the Westbury Incinerator. South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrat spokesperson, Ellen Nicholson said " we are pleased with the outcome of the strategic planning meeting, residents and local businesses across South Wiltshire and Somerset, alongside many town councils have registered their objections to the planned Westbury Incinerator over the past few years. As a community, residents have petitioned, marched, lobbied the previous DLUHC Secretaries of State, so we are delighted that Wiltshire Councillors have listened to our objections and withdrawn their support for the scheme.

"Last year, MPs themselves, called for a moritorium on incinerators after a report - 'Pollution from Waste Incineration' by the all-party parliamentary group on air pollution said expansions should be halted immediately to protect human health and cut carbon emissions. For councillors to have agreed to the incinerator, knowing that the Government direction of travel indicates moving away from incinerators would have been premature."

Council officials had urged councillors on the strategic planning committee to restate previous support for the scheme ahead of the public inquiry, however the councillors decided yesterday that the scheme could no longer be supported because it did not represent sustainable development.