CAMPAIGNERS have forced an extension of the time limit to object to controversial plans to build incinerators.
Cheshire Anti-Incineration Network (CHAIN) members have delivered 586 objections to County Hall, and are hoping more people have sent in their own objections to Cheshire's Replacement Draft Waste Plan.
The plan sets out ways in which the county plans to deal with its ever-growing waste problem, and earmarks a number of Mid Cheshire sites as suitable for waste treatment plants, ranging from incinerators (the former ICI site off Griffiths Road between Lostock Gralam and Rudheath and Brooks Lane Industrial Estate), landfill sites (Kinderton Lodge, Middlewich) and waste dumps (Winsford Rock Salt Mine).
The final deadline for objections to the proposals was to be Friday, but after pressure from environmental groups including CHAIN and WASTE (Woodford Against the Site Tipping facility for the Environment), which is fighting plans for a new waste dump at Winsford, that date has been extended until December 3.
A county council spokesman said: 'The deadline has been extended.
'There have been some complaints that some people have not got their questionnaires, so we have given people more time.'
The county council says it is carrying out a major public consultation exercise over five possible solutions put forward by independent experts appointed by the Cheshire Waste Partnership made up of the County Council and six district councils.
Public meetings have also been held across the county.
County Cllr Andrew Needham, a member of the Environment Executive, said: 'It is extremely important that everyone tells us their views on the possible options for Cheshire to meet its waste targets, stringent legislation and rising costs in the future.
'New laws mean that Cheshire can no longer send all its household waste to landfill sites.
'And if we do not meet new annual targets for reducing this amount, the Cheshire Waste Part-nership will be fined more than £6 million by 2010 and £18 million by 2013.
'The options for public consultation range from building a single incinerator to one preferred by the Partnership, which uses mechanical biological pre-treatment.'
CHAIN spokeswoman Ann McEllin, a Vale Royal borough councillor for Lostock and Wincham, said: 'The deadline has been extended because of the complaints by CHAIN and others about the poor coverage in Cheshire of the questionnaire.' The consultation leaflet can be obtained at County Council libraries, district council offices, on the County Council website, www.cheshire.gov.uk, or by phoning 01244 603000.