Fight against incinerator stepped up

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Protesters fighting plans for a new waste incinerator plant in Castleford have handed in more than 1,000 objection letters to planning bosses.

Clean Power Properties and Network Rail Infrastructure plan to build an energy recovery centre just off Wheldon Road.

The plant would burn up to 195,000 tonnes of waste per year and be in operation 24 hours a day.

Residents fear the plant could increase pollution and cause traffic chaos.

Campaigners will hold a public meeting at Trinity Methodist Church, Powell Street, on Monday February 24 at 7pm.

Alison Drake, Castleford Heritage Trust chairwoman, said: “The response from residents has been overwhelming.

“I think the number of people who have written letters shows the strength of feeling against these plans.”

The plans include building an advanced conversion technology plant, which would produce enough energy to power 10,000 homes.

Clean Power Properties and Network Rail Infrastructure said the plans would create around 30 jobs and contribute £1m per year to the economy.

A spokesman said: “Clean Power would like to be totally clear that our plans are not for an incinerator.

“Our proposals are for a clean, environmentally friendly means of waste management that separates out recyclables and uses organic only material to recover renewable energy. It cannot and should not be compared to incineration.”