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Protests to continue against proposed Dartmoor incinerator

A group protesting against a proposed bid to build an incinerator on the site of a former quarry in Devon has said it will continue to campaign against the plans.

The plan to build the incinerator on land at Lee Mill, close to Dartmoor National Park, forms part of a proposal submitted to South Devon Waste Partnership by Viridor Waste Management.

Devon County Council is currently carrying out a two-month long public consultation process on the proposals, which is due to finish in mid-April.

Members of the Campaign Against Viridors Incinerator and Landfill held a meeting on 13 March to discuss the proposals and decided to carry on with their opposition to the plans, which they believe will cause health and pollution risks in the area.

The United Kingdom Without Incineration Network, to which representatives from CAVIL belong, supports the opposition to the Viridor proposal, saying it will be damaging to Dartmoor and Viridor should be looking at alternative waste treatment technologies such as anaerobic digestion.

UKWIN national coordinator Shlomo Dowen said: Viridor should not be proposing a technology so far down the waste hierarchy.

I suspect there are certain species of wildlife on Dartmoor that are protected which may mean the proposals run into trouble with Natural England if they get to the inquiry stage.

The EcoIvy group which was formed by residents to protest against Viridors plans was present at the meeting and will continue to fight the proposals and raise awareness of it in the community.

EcoIvy campaign coordinator Frankie Dolan said: It is not just residents, but also professionals from the area, who are concerned about this.

I believe we have got a strong case and we will do everything we can to fight this.

A representative from the South Devon Waste Partnership said: Residents are entitled to oppose the plans. Viridor will proceed with its plans and we will await the outcome with interest.

South Devon Waste Partnership, made up of Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and Devon County Council, is considering options for a waste disposal solution for south Devon and the proposal from Viridor is one of two bid solutions suggested for the area.

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