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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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Lead thefts from five Horsham and Haywards Heath churches

Police received six reports of lead thefts from the roofs of churches since the 1 October.

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Sussex Police Officers are appealing for witnesses after a series of lead thefts in Haywards Heath and Horsham.

Sussex Police have received six reports of lead thefts from the roofs of churches since the 1 October.

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St Nicolas Church, St John’s Church, St Peter’s Church all in Horsham and the Holy Trinity Church and St Mary Magdalen’s Church in Haywards Heath were effected.

PCSO Daryl Holter, Heritage Crime Officer said: “We believe the majority of these thefts have occurred over night when the buildings are unoccupied.

“Most of the churches who have fallen victim to this crime are listed buildings and the consequences of such criminality can be significant.

“All lines of enquiry will be investigated and we will be working closely with the Diocese of Chichester and Ecclesiastical Insurance to tackle this matter.

“We are urging the communities in these areas to be vigilant and to watch out for any suspicious behaviour. No one knows their neighbours better than you. These buildings are part of our shared heritage and we need to work together to protect them.”

If you witnesses any suspicious behaviour near a church or would like to report any information, please go online or call 101 quoting reference 273 of 01/10. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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