Minister must act decisively on Hightown incinerator - Kearney
Sinn Féin’s Declan Kearney has called on environment minister Mark H Durkan to act decisively over the application to build an incinerator at Hightown, Mallusk.
The South Antrim candidate said;
“I have been canvassing extensively across the Mallusk area and residents have raised genuine concern at the lack of decisive action on the part of the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan regarding the proposal to site an incinerator in their midst.
"Sinn Féin remains absolutely determined in our opposition to the proposal, and in our support for the No Arc21 campaign group.
“I want to pay tribute to the tenacity of those local people who have spearheaded the anti-incinerator campaign. It is only through their dignified and steadfast determination that we have arrived at the point where this plan can be stopped; it is now over to the Minister to act and finally take this planning proposal off the books.
“Any reasonable appraisal of the incinerator proposal shows that it is fundamentally flawed. On grounds of public health safety it is clearly an unacceptable high risk project; it also fails to measure up to even the most basic economic scrutiny.
"We believe there are other more sustainable, economical and practical methods of waste reduction technology available; these alternatives should be considered as a first option – not incineration.
"The Minister needs to act now to remove the cloud of uncertainty which hangs over the greater Mallusk community, and allow those residents to move on with their lives.