PLANS for an incinerator in Northwich will be stopped in their tracks, according to campaigners.
Industrial land in Lostock Gralam has been earmarked for a potential 'thermal treatment' plant in Cheshire County Council's draft Replacement Waste Local Plan.
The move, revealed by the Chronicle last week, has provoked community outrage.
Both Vale Royal borough councillors who cover the Griffiths Road site say they are fundamentally against the proposal and are adamant it will not go ahead, whether or not it is included in the final Replacement Waste Local Plan when it is unveiled later this month.
Cllr Michael Fellows said: 'There is no doubt this is going to be stopped, I honestly can't see it going ahead. There will be a large and active campaign against this.
'There is no reason other than private profit for an incinerator to be in operation. I don't think anywhere in Cheshire should be an option for an incinerator, we should not be building any in Cheshire at all.'
Though the draft document will only provide guidance to the public and waste industry about sites that may be suitable 'in principle' for waste treatment, campaigners fear Lostock's inclusion will increase the like-lihood of Northwich being chosen by a waste company.
It is one of six areas in the county earmarked as suitable to host a thermal treatment plant in the document, which was drawn up to tackle Cheshire's growing waste crisis and will go before the full council for its approval on April 22.
If Lostock remains in the plans at that stage, there will be a six-week period of public consultation on the proposals.
Both Cllr Fellows and fellow Lib-Dem councillor Ann McEllin say that if the project went ahead it would undermine the borough council's recycling scheme.
Cllr McEllin said: 'If Vale Royal can find an environmentally friendly solution with its own waste, why should we take on other authorities' waste problems and import their waste to an incinerator in Vale Royal?'