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Sinn Féin propose all-party approach to oppose Hightown

28 September, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin is to propose the establishment of an all-party working group to pursue all legal avenues to reverse the decision to construct a controversial incinerator plant in Hightown, Co Antrim.

South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney made the pledge ahead of a public meeting on the issue which is due to take place tonight.

He stated:

“Sinn Féin is opposed to incineration and will continue to demand that the Department for Infrastructure decision to grant planning approval to the Hightown waste incinerator is reversed.

“This decision is wrong and unjustified. It flies in the face of widespread community and political opposition and Sinn Féin are currently examining all legal and political avenues available to our representatives in order to have it reversed.

“To that end Sinn Féin proposes the establishment of an all-party working group to directly support the locally based NOARC21 campaign in opposing this incinerator and to exhaust all legal options to have the proposal reversed. This is a cross-community issue with implications for the local residents in Hightown and Mallusk  as well as wider afield, and it warrants maximum cross-party unanimity.

"In light of the widespread opposition and the serious risks to community health, safety and the environment, I hope that all parties will endorse our approach to  continue building opposition against this project.”

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