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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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Horsham man gets driving ban after driving over roundabout

This is what happened when a drink-driver decided to drive home from his work Christmas party.

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Tyre marks caused by drink-driver Ben Sindall

This is what happened when a drink-driver decided to drive home from his work Christmas party.Ben Sindall was more than twice the legal limit when his Vauxhall Vivaro was discovered damaged close to Robin Hood Roundabout on the A24 at Horsham.

On arrival at the scene on the evening of Saturday 15 December, police discovered damage had been caused to the roundabout signs, leaving a large amount of oil and debris on the road.

Sindall identified himself as the driver and fully admitted to being in no fit state to drive. He said he intended to get a taxi home but stupidly chose to drive – and instead of going around the roundabout, he drove straight over it.

The 37-year-old carpet fitter, of Shelley Road, Horsham, was subsequently charged with driving with 91mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 3 January, he was disqualified from driving for 23 months and sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

Sindall was convicted as part of Surrey and Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on our website.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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