Thousands sign a petition against plans for a waste incinerator on Portland

Thousands sign a petition against plans for a waste incinerator on Portland

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:09am 12th May 2020.

Nearly 4,000 people have now signed an online petition against a waste incinerator planned for Portland.

It's being run by 'The Stop Portland Waste Incinerator' campaign group, who have also just launched a new website.

They are against the plans being put forward by Powerfuel Portland, as they think it could cause significant damage to the character of the local landscape, local ecology and they are concerned about the possible impact on human health.

Lucy Grieve, who currently leads the campaign, said:

"The single most important thing the public can now do to stop the massive, polluting incinerator is to submit a written objection to Planning.  

"I would urge people to do this in order to show the strength and size of the opposition to the project.

"So far, the planning application is not in yet but we’ll use our new website and our Facebook page to alert people as soon as it appears.”

Site Location North East view powerfuel portland portland port
Site Location North East view powerfuel portland portland port

If approved, PowerFuel Portland's £100 million project at Portland Port could provide enough energy for 30,000 homes.

The campaign’s petition, which has been gathering signatures online and on paper, has nearly reached 4,000.  

Lucy Grieve added:

"We just need one last push to get to 5,000; that number triggers a full Dorset Council meeting, although our petition will actually be presented to the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Head of Dorset Waste Services.”  

Comment previously to Wessex FM, Giles Frampton, Director of Powerfuel Portland said:

"To operate a facility such as this we need to apply for a permit from the Environment Agency, which also monitors any emissions to ensure they stay within safe limits.

"Public Health England has stated that these modern, well run facilities do not pose a significant risk to human health.

"There are over 40 of these facilities already operating in the UK, and hundreds in Northern Europe.

"In term of lorry movements, we are estimating, in a worse case scenario, there will be 40 deliveries a day. We need to work with the Highways Authority to ensure they are content that the local infrastructure can manage what is a modest increase in traffic."

Portland Port area for Energy Recycling Centre
Portland Port area for Energy Recycling Centre

Lucy Grieve commented:

"We also urgently need to raise a further £6,000 to pay for a specialised, professional report, which we think will help us to defeat Powerfuel Portland’s planning application when it comes to a vote on approval or rejection in due course. "