Waste firm appeals after Shrewsbury incinerator refusal

The proposed waste incinerator at Battlefield outside Shrewsbury Plans for the Battlefield incinerator were turned down last year

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A waste management firm is to appeal against Shropshire Council's decision to refuse plans for a waste incinerator.

Veolia had planned to build the £60m plant at Battlefield outside Shrewsbury but permission was turned down last September.

Friends of the Earth opposed the plan and held demonstrations against it.

Health concerns and the suitability of the site were among reasons stated for the refusal.

Recycling rate

The managing director of Veolia in Shropshire, Donald McPhail, said the company was contracted to deal with the county's waste.

Last year the county achieved a recycling rate of 50% for the first time.

"We'd love it if we could have recycled 100% of the waste. The reality is that it is not physically possible at the moment and it's not actually cost effective.

"So in these straitened times we've got to deliver a way of dealing with the waste which doesn't involve landfill," Mr McPhail said.

The appeal is being made to the government's planning inspectorate. Mr McPhail said he was not expecting a decision until the end of this year and if the appeal was successful work would start next year.

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