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By Rachel Hovenden INCINERATOR Developers behind controversial plans for a Chesterfield waste incinerator claimed it was crucial to cutting

carbon emissions yesterday. The statement comes after neighbouring North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) voted unanimously to oppose the plans in an emergency meeting on Tuesday. Cyclamax's managing director Tony Watkins, 41, said the plant would generate renewable energy by burning waste and recycle 13,000 tonnes of material a year that would otherwise go to landfill. He said: “This has no carbon value. It will be the equivalent to the energy of 16,000 houses in Chesterfield, and will reduce the greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 17,000 cars off the roads every year. This is important in the lead up to Copenhagen. Everyone agrees it is important but there’s a not in my backyard attitude.” He added that within six years Derbyshire would run out of landfill space so an alternative was desperately needed. Councillor Stuart Ellis of the NEDDC called the emergency meeting when he realised how soon Derbyshire County Council’s final planning meeting was. “The NEDDC has no power in the matter. But it is my contention that North East Derbyshire will be more affected by the emissions.We hope the prestige and moral authority of the council will influence the decision, in addition to Chesterfield Borough Council who were also 100% against the plans,” Councillor Ellis of Wingerworth ward said. The NEDDC objected because of health concerns to do with particles released into the air during the gasification process. They felt it would be too close to homes, schools and businesses. And Chesterfield MP Paul Holmes also called for the plans’ rejection on Tuesday in a letter to case officer, Kevin Finn of the DCC. Mr Finn is drafting the final report for the planning committee in January. Chesterfield Borough Council also voted to oppose the plans last January but the final decision lies with the DCC. Mr Holmes said in his letter: “Although once a heavy/‘dirty’ industrial area it no longer is so. Immediately adjacent to the proposed Cyclamax site is the large and brand new Bridge Business Centre.This was built to exacting environmental requirements and is advertised as ‘on the edge of the Peak District’ – providing a semi rural location, clean air, free of heavy traffic in a quiet purpose built business park.” MF

Julie Harrington, 32, of Dunston Lane, is leader of the Chesterfield Against Incineration campaign and owner of Dunston Lodge Boarding Kennels. She said: “We’re really pleased. It adds to the overwhelming opposition of people to the plans and sends a strong message to Derbyshire County Council, and hopefully they’ll listen. While we support efforts to reduce global warming we feel this is the wrong place and way to do it.” She added: “It was a business park that had attracted some nice businesses to the area and was helping regeneration. This will be like turning back the clock.” ENDS