St Mark’s Church, Holbrook, welcomed in local people on Saturday (9th June) for a public meeting concerning the Horsham Wealden Brickworks proposed industrial incinerator by Britaniacrest.
The church was full of residents with displays from UK WIN, No Incinerator 4 Horsham community group, CPRE Sussex, Britaniacrest and Horsham Matters, a church group that helps the local community.
A panel discussion, chaired by the Chair of CPRE Sussex, David Johnson, was led by West Sussex County Councillor, Peter Catchpole, outlining why he felt that the planning application should be refused, being the wrong place for such a massive industrial plant. The area already suffers from air pollution and congestion and the incinerator would simply add to this.
Neil Pitcairn, a Director of the national environmental group UK WIN, detailed how the particulars provided by Britaniacrest on CO2 and NO2 pollution were mathematically incorrect and that planning officers should have identified these errors, but instead WSCC officers propose to approve the planning application.
He, and Surrey Councillor Jonathan Essex of The Green Party, commented that incinerators could be taxed in the future if the Government is to meet its ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ as has been shown they reduce the amount of waste being recycled and produce climate change gasses.
Leader of Crawley County Council, Cllr Peter Lamb and Labour candidate for the next general elections, highlighted that Crawley already has areas that have unacceptably high levels of air pollution; in fact some residents refrain from entering their gardens. He raised the issue that due to the wind patterns he objects to the proposed incinerator as any plume of pollutants would be heading over Crawley adding to the pollution issues his residents already suffer.
Residents voiced their frustration that the local MP Jeremy Quin was absent from the meeting and was not doing more to stop the incinerator. Others were frustrated that the decision would take place in Chichester with a maximum of 75 attendees and not in Horsham, thus preventing many from attending the planning meeting on 19thJune.
David Johnson, Chair of CPRE Sussex, said ‘a clear message came from the meeting that residents are very opposed to the Britaniacrest incinerator’.