Mar 10 2011 by Rachel Flint, Chester Chronicle
CAMPAIGNERS have issued a battlecry to Frodsham and Helsby residents to ‘Say No!’ to Peel Energy’s proposed wood burning plant.
Residents Against Incineration (RAIN) have persuaded the council to extend their deadline for residents wanting to object to the £70m biomass plant at Ince Marshes.
The plant would generate power for 37,000 homes and supply steam and hot water to local industry by burning recycled wood.
And now the plans, which have would see a 20MW biomass renewable energy plant constructed on the site, are to be discussed at Helsby Parish Council meeting this Monday (March 14).
With the deadline for objections less than three weeks away, RAIN chairman Barry Hill fears residents aren’t aware that time is running out to object.
He said: “We have already spoken to the council and got an extension of another two weeks.
“Peel claim that the plant would be carbon neutral... but all they are doing is releasing toxins into the atmosphere.”
Thousands of residents backed by The Chronicle’s We Say No Campaign objected to the Waste Recovery Park and RAIN are calling for a similar response.
Barry added: “Now we want as many people as possible to object.”
RAIN believe the biomass plant:
Is not carbon neutral, with trucks delivering the wood-chips causing congestion and air pollution.
Would release toxins from treated wood into the atmosphere.
The UK has too many waste treatment plants already.
Residents have until March 31 to comment on planning application 11/00040/WAS.
Letters should be sent to Mr Chris Hindle, Head of Planning & Transport, CWaC, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH.