A protest group has launched an attempt to crowd fund the cost of resisting a proposed incinerator near Horsham, West Sussex.
Last June, West Sussex County Council overturned an officer’s recommendation and rejected an application by Britaniacrest to build the facility.
The company has now appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, and the group, No Incinerator 4 Horsham (NI4H), wants to raise funds to be legally represented at its hearings.
NI4H said it needed to raise £50,000 for legal advice and consultancy.
According to the group, although Britaniacrest has reduced the plant’s height from 52.4m to 35.9m on its new plan, there would still be a visually intrusive chimney of 95m and noise pollution from the plant, which could handle 230,000 tonnes a year of waste.
It said: “There will be pollution from toxins, light and noise. Local residents fear for the health of their children and grandchildren as invisible toxins cloud the air. They are concerned that the visual impact of this huge building will blight the landscape, destroying the character of Horsham and surrounding historic villages.”
Britaniacrest director Chris Foss said: “All energy-from-waste facilities in the UK are strictly regulated to protect local communities and the environment. EfW is widely recognised as a safe, proven alternative to landfill which is the least sustainable option as it produces methane, an aggressive greenhouse gas, as the waste decomposes.
“We know this new facility is urgently needed to treat the waste that remains after recycling and composting processes have taken place.”
He said most the waste used would be sourced from within a 40-mile radius of the site. Significantly, and 90% of residual waste in the area would be diverted from landfill.
This story was updated on 4 February to include a statement supplied by Britaniacrest