Campaigners to hold Halifax town centre protest against Calderdale incinerator plan

Applying for planning permisiion to operate a 24 hour/day incinerator, in a residential valley, Calder Valley Skip Hire, Belmont Waste Recycling Centre, Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge
Applying for planning permisiion to operate a 24 hour/day incinerator, in a residential valley, Calder Valley Skip Hire, Belmont Waste Recycling Centre, Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge
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A protest will be held outside Halifax Town Hall this evening (Tuesday) as Calderdale Council debates plans to build an incinerator in Sowerby Bridge.

Campaigners have argued for months against the two sets of controversial plans submitted by Calder Valley Skip Hire for its sites at the Belmont Recycling Centre on Rochdale Road and another location at Mearclough Road.

In response to the applications, which are being considered by the council, two groups of protesters walked the distance between Bolton Brow Primary Academy and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School earlier this year to raise awareness of how close the sites are to the schools.

Campaigner Adrian Mitchell said: “To date it is unclear as to what the potential risks, immediate or long term, could be to air quality and health within the area, however this is something as parents of children at these schools we cannot and will not ignore.

“This is not going to go away and we know there is a lot of local outrage at the propositions however we need the assistance of everyone affected to highlight our plight to the rest of the country.

“We are a strong community as proved from the floods of 2016. Floods we can recover from, pollution of the air we cannot, we want our happy valley not a stinky valley.”

But Calderdale Skip Hire managing director Joe Sawrij hit back at the claims.

He said the plants the “family owned business” proposed would be small scale and would incinerate waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill, adding it would “not give rise to any visible emissions”.

Its emissions, he said, had been “demonstrated to have a negligible impact at local level in terms of air quality and health”.

He added: “The site has been designed such that it has no visual impact and will not create any noise disturbance.

“All heat from the process will be recovered to create electricity, with all residual heat being used within the wider site processes, thus reducing the overall environmental impacts of the company’s operations.

“This project is necessary to assist the company in reaching its sustainability and recovery targets of zero wastes to landfill.”

The meeting will take place at 6pm this evening.