‘Consortium will offer viable alternative to Hightown plan’

Pictured (l-r) at the public meeting to discuss the arc21 Hightown waste incinerator plan are Barry Macaulay, Mallusk Community Action Group, Colin Buick, No-Arc21, Professor Vyvyan Howard, University of Ulster, and Cllr Mark Cosgrove. Pic by Freddie Parkinson

Pictured (l-r) at the public meeting to discuss the arc21 Hightown waste incinerator plan are Barry Macaulay, Mallusk Community Action Group, Colin Buick, No-Arc21, Professor Vyvyan Howard, University of Ulster, and Cllr Mark Cosgrove. Pic by Freddie Parkinson

Local politicians are to be presented with proposals for a “viable alternative” to the arc21 waste incinerator plan, it has been claimed.

Speaking at last week’s public meeting organised by the No-Arc21 campaign group, Cllr Mark Cosgrove criticised the arc21/Becon plan to build a £240m Energy from Waste facility at Hightown Quarry. And he claimed that the proposed Bombardier waste gasification energy plant in east Belfast, planning permission for which has already been granted, offers a “far better, far cleaner” and more economically viable alternative for dealing with waste which currently goes to landfill.

“They are going to spend £240million of public money building it and the alternative proposal is being built exclusively with private money, so let’s work that one out in terms of what represents best value for ratepayers and taxpayers alike,” he commented.

 

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