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Shrewsbury EfW gets green light

Veolia has been given the green light to build a controversial £60m energy-from-waste facility in Shropshire.

The company, which handles Shropshire Council’s waste, could start work at the Battlefield site in early summer.

The announcement follows the council’s planning committee unanimously rejecting an application to build the incinerator in 2010.

Veolia appealed and, after a public inquiry, the planning inspectorate sided with the waste company.

“It’s been a long process to get this far,” Veolia’s regional director Donald MacPhail told the BBC.

“It’s worth remembering for everyone that this is Shropshire’s waste we’re handling, this is not Veolia’s waste.”

Shrewsbury Conservative MP Daniel Kawcynski said he was “almost shaking with anger” and planned to raise the issue in the House of Commons.

Dave Green, from Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth, said he was disappointed and surprised by the decision.

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