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CPRE hosts public meeting over Horsham incinerator bid

Friday, 25 May 2018 07:37

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Controversial plans for an industrial incinerator in Horsham will be debated at a public meeting on Saturday, June 9, at St Mark's Church, Holbrook.

The Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Sussex) is holding the meeting to give residents more information about Britaniacrest’s plans for the Wealden Brickworks site, off the A264.

David Johnson, chairman of CPRE Sussex, will chair the event.

Panellists include county councillor Peter Catchpole, Neil Pitcairn of national campaign group UK WIN, Crawley borough councillor Peter Lamb and Green Party councillor Jonathan Essex.

Horsham District Council and Britaniacrest have been invited to join the panel but have declined.

"As a national body we have welcomed the efforts to reduce waste, to reduce the amount of plastic consumed and so we offer this forum to debate the pros and cons of the incinerator proposal at Horsham,” said Mr Johnson.

“We have decided to present an opportunity for local people to ask questions directly to a panel of experts and hear more about what is planned.”

Although the deadline for comments on the planning application has passed, this meeting, which is open to everyone, seeks to inform residents and other interested parties prior to the planning decision by West Sussex County Council in June.

CPRE Sussex has formally objected to the plans and is demanding a full investigation into the ‘cocktail of chemicals’ which could be discharged into the air on the edge of the Sussex High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Trustee Dr Roger Smith has warned the substances involved, including heavy metals like arsenic and mercury, read like ‘an environmental horror story’.

“The cumulative impact of these persistent pollutants appears not to have been assessed,” he said.

“Wind-data submitted with the application was from Charlwood, eight miles north of the proposed site.

“The public need to know how and where the pollutants emitted by the facility – individually, collectively and cumulatively – could impact over time, could impact on farmland, livestock and the natural environment.”

The public meeting starts with refreshments at 10.30am on Saturday, June 9. The panellist talk will begin at 11am, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Reverend Richard Coldicott has kindly provided the venue at St Mark's Church, Holbrook, West Sussex, RH12 5PU.

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