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Horsham residents continue fight against Britaniacrest incinerator

Residents from the local area met at St Mark’s Church, Holbrook, ahead of a planning meeting held on Chichester on 19th June.

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Residents of Horsham and surrounding areas attended St Mark’s Church in Holbrook on Saturday (9 June) for a public meeting concerning the proposed industrial incinerator by Britaniacrest at the Former Wealden Brickworks site.

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.

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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. Some have raised concerns that the area already suffers from air pollution and congestion and the incinerator would simply add to this.

The meeting was held 10 days before the application for a Recycling, Recovery and Renewable Energy Facility will be heard on Tuesday 19 June – the next meeting of West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee. Members of the public will need to apply for a ticket to attend the Planning Committee which will be held in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Chichester at 10.30am.

Duncan Crow, Chairman of the County Council’s Planning Committee, said:

“We appreciate that there is a high level of interest in this planning application and I would like to reassure everyone that we take our responsibility as a Waste Planning Authority very seriously, and that the committee will carefully consider all sides of the argument before making the final decision.”

The application is being made by Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd which is seeking approval for the development of a Recycling, Resource and Renewable Energy Facility to sort, separate and process up to 230,000 tonnes of waste per annum.

They say the aim is to move all current activity at the site indoors which will reduce noise, dust and prevent odours whilst enabling materials to be recovered along with the energy in the waste. It should also greatly reduce the vehicle miles currently travelled by the trucks carrying the waste for disposal – thereby reducing both pollution and climate change impacts.

A spokesperson for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said:

“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 19th June.”

“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.”

David Johnson, Chair of CPRE Sussex, said: “A clear message came from the meeting that residents are very opposed to the Britaniacrest incinerator”.

Members of the public can apply for a ticket to the Planning Committee meeting by emailing Democratic.Services@westsussex.gov.uk

The meeting will also be webcast live and will be available to view for a period of six months after the event.

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Have a ‘crack’ for local charities to win BIG

Many locals will be heading to Horsham to try and crack a safe which will win them a prize worth over £25,000.

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Just like in Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job, visitors to Horsham town centre in West Sussex will be able to try their hand at cracking a safe on Saturday 15 September for the chance to win an incredible prize – a luxurious new caravan worth over £25,000.

The competition is being organised by Roundstone Caravans – one of the UK’s only remaining independent and family-run caravan businesses – to celebrate the arrival of their new Compass range of touring caravans.

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Throughout the day, in Horsham’s Carfax market area, visitors will have the opportunity to crack the six-digit code on the safe. If the winning combination is entered, the safe will ping open and the keys to the entrant’s new Compass Camino 550 caravan will await.

Whilst the competition is free to enter, Roundstone Caravans is encouraging participants to make a small donation of their choice to Horsham’s Rotary Club, which helps charities and local families across the county.

Rosie Kent, owner of Roundstone Caravans and great-granddaughter of John William Whitehouse, who founded the business in 1930, said:

“We are very excited to be running this competition to celebrate the arrival of our new Compass caravan range and help raise vital funds for local charities. It’s a huge prize to win and hopefully we will be able to give one lucky person the chance to experience the joys of exploring the UK (and even the world) and most importantly help them create lots of wonderful new travel memories.

“On the day, not only are we running this competition but we will also be giving away a number of free treats to Horsham visitors and displaying one of our new Compass caravan models. As many people have never considered caravanning before – not realising how the vehicles have evolved over the years and now feature so many of the creature comforts we can no longer leave behind – this is a great opportunity for inquisitive shoppers to explore the new models and see just what they have to offer.”

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