Trafford Labour leader urges Peel to reconsider Davyhulme biomass plant in open letter

Cllr David Acton

Cllr David Acton

First published in News Messenger Newspapers: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE leader of Trafford Labour group has written an open letter to the chairman of Peel Energy, asking him to reconsider his plans for the Davyhulme biomass plant.


Trafford Council unanimously voted against Peel Energy’s Barton Renewable Energy Plant (BREP) in 2011, but its decision was overturned at a public inquiry in 2012 and confirmed by a High Court judge in February this year.


In his letter to Owen Michaelson, Cllr David Acton said: “I’m not going to pretend now that I agree with the technology or the sustainability of the plant; and I do feel betrayed by a Coalition Government who’ve shown scant concern for ordinary residents in allowing the permissions for the plant to go ahead.


“However, I’m not writing to you to score political points.


“I’m writing because I believe there still remains the opportunity for you to relocate the proposed plant away from residential neighbourhoods and away from an already over-polluted area.


“And I would not be serving the people of Trafford if I did not urge you, even at this late stage to reconsider the location of this plant.”


Jon England, project manager at Peel Energy, said: “We have considered the points made by Councillor Acton and have responded to him directly.


“A forensic public inquiry, and the subsequent High Court challenge, have concluded that BREP complies with overall planning policy and will have an imperceptible impact on air quality.


“The need for secure and sustainable energy is as important as ever with a predicted doubling in the demand for electricity by 2050.”
 

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2:52pm Sun 13 Apr 14

PEBAG1 says...

I totally agree with David Acton`s approach, at least he is trying more than the other parties who seem to be prioritising their efforts on dog mess in Davyhulme. The reply from John England (Peel Energy) is typical of someone who doesn`t live in Davyhulme. The ambient Air in Davyhulme is already breaching EEC Legal Limits on a daily basis so he is saying that adding cumulative negligible emissions is OK. It is our human right to breathe clean air.
I totally agree with David Acton`s approach, at least he is trying more than the other parties who seem to be prioritising their efforts on dog mess in Davyhulme. The reply from John England (Peel Energy) is typical of someone who doesn`t live in Davyhulme. The ambient Air in Davyhulme is already breaching EEC Legal Limits on a daily basis so he is saying that adding cumulative negligible emissions is OK. It is our human right to breathe clean air. PEBAG1
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5:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Steak says...

If the ambient air is already breaching EEC legal limits why can't the project be stopped legally, negligible emissions or not it is just another nail in the coffin for us all. I just do not understand why they have legal limits set if they are allowed to break them. Can someone please explain why a company is allowed to break the law.
If the ambient air is already breaching EEC legal limits why can't the project be stopped legally, negligible emissions or not it is just another nail in the coffin for us all. I just do not understand why they have legal limits set if they are allowed to break them. Can someone please explain why a company is allowed to break the law. Steak
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