Shepperton Eco Park incinerator plan scrapped
By mattcollison | Monday, February 04, 2013, 15:31
CAMPAIGNERS against incinerators at an Eco Park in Shepperton are celebrating a victory after the latest plans were dropped.
SITA Surrey and Surrey County Council have dropped plans for the disputed incinerators at the Eco Park in Charlton Lane, Shepperton.
Spelthorne Borough Council applied for a Judicial Review to halt the £55 million facility in Charlton Lane.
It had disputed the safety of gasifiers at the plant, which would deal with 100,000 tonnes of food waste and household rubbish a year, particularly as it was close to homes.
The plans looked set to go ahead after the Environment Agency granted it a permit in October.
But Surrey County Council and SITA Surrey Ltd have now confirmed to the High Court that they will not build the disputed incinerators.
Leader of the Council Robert Watts said: "This is an important concession which the Council has won from the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council and SITA.
"Despite all the explanations which the Environment Agency gave to us, we were still concerned for the safety of our residents.
"Our legal advice was clear that the permit would potentially allow pollution in excess of that which was legal under European Law.
"As a new permit is about to be negotiated for a new design of technology, it was important to make this point and stand up for the best interests of Spelthorne residents.
"We will be fully involved in the negotiation of any new permit to make sure that any new design does not have the same issues which have dogged this application and the failed incinerator at Dargavel in Scotland."
SITA and the County Council have confirmed that they intend to apply for a variation to the existing permit to allow for a new design of incinerator.
Spelthorne Borough Council will be consulted as part of the application, which is expected shortly.