Highlands & Islands

Invergordon incinerator proposal meeting

Mohamed Al Fayed
Image caption Mohamed Al Fayed has spoken out against the project

A Scottish government-appointed official will host a meeting later on plans for a £43m waste incinerator in Invergordon, in Easter Ross.

The reporter will meet with the project's developer Combined Power and Heat (Highlands) Ltd as well as with opponents of the plans.

The Scottish government gave the proposals planning permission in 2010.

Ross Estates, also known as Balnagown Estates, lodged an appeal against the decision in the Court of Session.

Businessman Mohamed Al Fayed is the principal shareholder in Ross Estates and opposes the project.

Mr Al Fayed told BBC Scotland: "I am doing everything possible really to stop such devastation."

He urged First Minister Alex Salmond to step in and stop the development.

Mr Al Fayed said: "I hope he wakens up and understands that he is to protect the people who elected and put him there."

Following the appeal, Scottish ministers asked the developer to submit a revised environmental assessment for its proposal.

The company submitted therevised documentin December 2011.

If it is eventually given the go-ahead, the incinerator plant would burn non-hazardous waste.

Campaign group Invergordon Community Action for Recycling and the Environment (Icare) has called for a public inquiry.

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