Hightown incinerator plan ‘still top of community’s list of issues’

NoArc21 campaigners making their point outside the council chamber on Monday night, February 29. INNT 09-516CON
NoArc21 campaigners making their point outside the council chamber on Monday night, February 29. INNT 09-516CON

Opponents of arc21’s controversial plan to build a £240m waste incinerator near Mallusk gathered at Mossley Mill on Monday ahead of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s monthly meeting.

The local authority held discussions ‘in committee’ about arc21’s move to appeal the Environment Minister’s decision denying its application for an energy from waste plant development at Hightown Quarry.

The council has previously claimed that arc21 has “no authority” to take the matter to the Planning Appeals Commission.

While the council hasn’t revealed what exactly was discussed or decided at the meeting regarding arc21’s appeal, Colin Buick, chair of the NoArc21 campaign group, said it was important for the objectors to stress to councillors that the incinerator is “still top of the local community’s list of issues.”

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