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Good news as Hightown incinerator plans go up in smoke - Kelly

24 September, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the announcement that plans for the controversial Hightown incinerator will not go ahead. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"This is  a significant victory for the communities of North Belfast and South Antrim in stopping the controversial proposal for the Hightown Incinerator.

"In my view the huge level of opposition to this proposal for an incinerator being forced upon local people against their wishes and the subsequent  campaign really left the Environment Minister with little choice other than to make the decision to refuse approval for the plans.

"This is the correct decision and it’s one taken on the back of a well organised community campaign and a volume of objections based on logical community concerns.

"This is the second successful campaign to stop an incinerator including the Lough Shore plant that I have supported within the North Belfast area and praise must go to every single group, individual resident and political activist that worked to get this positive outcome.

"The proposal itself was highly unpopular, was contrary to local residents wishes and it’s viability ran against the growing success rates of councils to reduce, recycle and reuse waste

"This shows that communities who organise themselves in the face of powerful financial interests, slick advertising and lobbying can win for the good of this and future generations."

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