CAMPAIGNERS fighting a massive incinerator scheme are appealing for support as a planning deadline looms.
The 100-hectare proposal for a site near Ellesmere Port would burn up to 600,000 tonnes of rubbish a year.
Opponents fear the fumes from the Ince Marshes incinerator would cause pollution problems across Merseyside.
They are calling for supporters to get their objections in to Cheshire county council before the planning deadline of March 17.
The company behind the plan, Peel Holdings, said its "sustained resource recovery park" would have no impact on health.
A separate application has been made to the Trade and Industry Secretary for consent to build a "refuse derived fuel plant and power station". Objections to this must be made by Wednesday.
Campaigners claimed toxins from the site would have a detrimental effect on health as far away as Toxteth, Huyton and Bebington.
Brian Cartwright, of the Cheshire Anti-Incinerator Network, said: "Incineration is an old process and to commit ourselves to it for the next 20-25 years, the length of time this plant will be in use for, is decadent and backward."
Mike Hall, MP for Weaver Vale, whose constituency is directly opposite the proposed incinerator, is opposing the plan.
He said: "It is a very big proposition and will impact on views as well as health."
But Keith Butterick, adviser to Peel, said: "There's a lot of illfounded speculation and little justifiable scientific evidence to support these claims."
Peel Holdings, which owns Liverpool John Lennon airport and Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, said the scheme would create 1,100 jobs and would also recycle waste.
OBJECTIONS should be addressed to Cheshire county council at County Hall, Chester CH1 1SE.
Send objections to the government to: Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, c/o Bay 2123, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET.