Over 1,700 sign Portland Port incinerator petition

Over 1,700 sign Portland Port incinerator petition

Published by George Sharpe at 7:47am 2nd January 2020. (Updated at 7:48am 2nd January 2020)

Campaigners are holding a community meeting after a petition to stop plans for Portland Port.

A campaign group opposed to building a waste incinerator on Portland are holding a special community meeting.

1,700 people have now signed a petition against the plans by Powerfuel Portland.

The company want to build a plant at Portland Port which would create electricity by burning household waste.

Powerfuel Portland - artists impression
Powerfuel Portland - artists impression

They say it would generate 15 MW of energy, that's enough to power around 30,000 homes.

The company have held a public consultation to get the public's view about the plans.

Related: Portland incinerator: your questions answered

Campaigners say they now want to hold their own event.

Portland Port area for Energy Recycling Centre
Proposed site for the Waste Incinerator at Portland Port

It's taking place next Thursday evening (9th) at the Portland Community Venue from 7pm - 8.15pm.

The event will start at 7pm with a short presentation by members of the campaign group.  

This will then be followed by a question and answer session allowing local residents to find out more about the case against the incinerator which is proposed to be built on the north-east coastline of the island.  

Site Location North East view powerfuel portland portland port

Lucy Grieve, a spokesperson for the campaign group, said:

"Powerfuel Portland distributed promotional leaflets to most homes on the island and held a 5-hour exhibition to present their case. 

"So it is only right that our community should hear the other side of the story. 

"The company also invited some town and county councillors to tours of the site at which, we understand, company representatives presented their case for building the facility. 

"In order to redress the balance at this pre-planning stage, all Portland Town and County councillors have been invited to attend the event on 9th January, as well as county councillors on the relevant county planning committee and other leading members of key local organisations."

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