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Hightown incinerator decision a 'disgrace' - Kelly

13 September, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the decision by the Department of Infrastructure to grant planning permission for an incinerator at Hightown in Glengormley is a disgrace and will have serious environmental, health and safety issues for the area.

The North Belfast MLA said:

“The decision by the Department of Infrastructure to grant planning permission for an incinerator at Hightown in Glengormley is a disgrace and has serious environmental, health and safety issues for the area.

“Residents and all the elected representatives in the area were united in their opposition to the Hightown incinerator.

“This is a reversal of a previous planning decision against an incinerator in the area.

“Sinn Féin is opposed to these incinerators and the damage it will do to the environment.

“In this specific case waste will come from all eleven council areas. This will entail hundreds of lorries travelling through the area on a daily basis with the resulting pollution. The incinerator may also be used to import waste from areas further afield.

“The granting of this application is the wrong decision and is one which will be opposed by Sinn Féin and all the residents in the area.

“Glengormley is a good place to live with many young families joining a growing population making it their home.

“This is the Belfast basin and therefore dispersal of fumes particularly in high pressure weather conditions is poor and will do damage to people’s health.

“Sinn Féin believe the way to deal with waste is reuse, reduce and recycle.” 

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