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Kearney welcomes Department decision on Hightown Incinerator

30 July, 2018 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has welcomed the Department of Infrastructure’s decision not to appeal the Court decision to reject planning permission for a controversial waste incinerator in Hightown.

Last month, Belfast’s High Court ruled that the decision by departmental officials to approve the facility was unlawful. 

The South Antrim MLA said: 

“The Department of Infrastructure’s decision not to appeal the Court ruling to reject the Hightown Incinerator is the right thing to do.

“This facility should never have been given the green-light in the first place after widespread opposition and concerns over the safety of residents. 

“Any move by Department officials to proceed with this project would have run contrary to the Good Friday Agreement in the absence of an Executive. This position was vindicated by the Court. 

“Key decisions such as this demonstrate again the importance of re-establishing the power-sharing institutions in a way that is consistent with the Good Friday Agreement.

“There is an onus on both governments to fulfil their responsibility as co-guarantors of that agreement, to deal with the outstanding equality and rights issues at the heart of the political crisis

"In addition, I am now calling on Arc21 to declare its intention to finally withdraw the incinerator proposal in order that this matter can be conclusively brought to an end.” 

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