Appeal Attendance

Whats happening:

The Planning Inspectorate has asked that we facilitate the process of gathering information on attendees at the inquiry.  The Inquiry is currently scheduled to run between 9th May – 24th May.  Please make every effort to arrive on “May 9th” at “Monton House Hotel” to register.

The process will span multiple weeks, which will make it difficult for most people to attend everyday, so we would like to schedule attendance where possible. This should make it much easier for holidays to be booked from work and arrangements to be made.

What Information Do We Need:

Please send us the following information for each person who will attendee the inquiry:

Your Name: ****** ******

Your Phone Number: 999-9999

Your Email Address: ***@***.***

Do you want to speak at the inquiry?: YES/NO

Availability to Attend:
May 9th – YES/NO
May 10th – YES/NO
May 11th – YES/NO
May 14th – YES/NO
May 15th – YES/NO
May 16th – YES/NO
May 17th – YES/NO
May 18th – YES/NO
May 21st – YES/NO
May 22nd – YES/NO
May 23rd- YES/NO
May 24th – YES/NO

The Say No campaign will be presenting formal evidence in the later half of the inquiry.  If you want to speak as a member of the public, this will happen towards the end of the inquiry.  We encourage everyone who wants to, to speak. You have a voice and we want to ensure the inquiry hears your unique perspective on the application.

Where to send the information:

Please email the above information to:

Thank you for your continued support.

Resounding Fundraiser Success. Thank You!!

Last night saw Worsley Golf Club invaded by campaigners, residents and the wider community for the Say No campaign fundraising evening.

With the lulls in activity associated with such a long stretched campaign (2.5 years to date), it can be difficult to predict the outcome or attendance of ongoing events. When I arrived at the Golf Club at 7pm, there were two cars in the car park and around 5 people in the provided room itself.  As time rolled on, more and more people arrived. First the tables around the dancefloor filled, then the tables towards the back of the room until eventually we needed to request more chairs to be brought out. In turn, they filled too.. leaving only standing room around the bar. It looked a little like this:


Sorry about quality; It was dark and there was wine involved.


The outcome and attendance was nothing less than phenomenal.  A ridiculously big THANK YOU to Jan, Kirsteen, Paula and everyone else who contributed to the event.  While the task of raising funds in by no means over.. last night brought us within reach of the funding required to progress with the inquiry.

The evening has reminded me exactly how much everyone cares about this issue.  It’s time for us to collectively double our efforts, go that extra mile and put this application where it belongs.. in the trash!! 




Public Meeting – March 4th 2pm- Worsley Golf Club

Please attend this meeting next week. We will be giving an update on our campaign and explaining the next steps in fighting the appeal.

Please feel free to print and distribute this poster. We need you and appreciate your continued support.

We are raising funds.

It has been some time since our last update on the website.  This has been due to a mixture of inactivity and other events. Most recently, our first batch of documentation was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last week and we continue to monitor the process as developments occur.

The appeal is now scheduled to begin on May 9th. Please book this date in your diary as we will need every person able to be there. Further details will follow, but keep May 9th in mind.

Most importantly we have identified a need for legal support to assist our group through-out the inquiry.  In order to get this, we need support from you. Our fund raising is progressing but above all else we need more donations.

Jan Phelan, Kirsteen McGarva and Maxine Coyle have been working hard to facilitate this and as a result of their hard-work we have started to gain momentum in building our fighting fund.  I, along with a number of our committee members, have pledged £100 each to the fighting fund, to help get us started. We have also recently received assistance from Worsley Golf Club who have unanimously agreed to support our cause. Despite this we are still a fair way from our required funding target to attain the legal support we need.

This is my personal plea to you to please, please, please contribute to our fighting fund. The members of this campaign continue to commit significant amounts of time and effort to fight this inquiry, but at this moment in time we need your financial support.

Please send cheques payable to “Monton Village Community Association” with covering letter with your name & address. Send it to: Say No Campaign, 24 Canal Bank, Monton, Eccles M30 8AF.

If you would like to donate via Paypal.. please contact (NOTE: do not pay directly to this email. We will provide PayPal account details on request.)

If you have any questions, please email us on the address above.


BBC Report: Lancashire residents complain over Waste Plant odour

The location and impact of recycling and materials recovery facilities continues to be hotly debated. Today the BBC reported that a facility in Lancashire is receiving a stream of compliant from residents who claim the odours are making their lives seriously unpleasant.

One local resident stated the following:

Before it was first built, there were three things they told us – it won’t be an eyesore, your property won’t be affected, and it won’t smell. Categorically all of them have been affected in a big way,” said Mr Wayne.

Do these claims sound familiar? They should, because Sky Properties push exactly the same fantastical claims.  You will also notice from the image above, that the plant in Lancashire is neither in the middle of a heavily populated residential area.. or 50metres from a children’s park.

Common sense tells us that trying to put one of these on Green Lane is ridiculous.

The Appeal – It’s here and we’re going to fight it.

Many of you may already be aware, that in the last couple of weeks, Sky Properties have made an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. It amounts to an attempt to overturn the “unanimous” refusal of their application to build a waste processing and incineration facility by Salford City Council in June.

The History

It’s been almost two years since Sky started their campaign to try to dupe the community into believing that their waste site was going to be great for the area and the local residents.  In that time, they have continued to forcefully exclude any thoughts, opinions, decisions and facts presented by local residents, businesses and now the Council.

Going In The Right Direction

We are happy to report that there have been many positive developments since the refusal.  As the Bridgewater Masterplan gathers momentum we have seen a similar appeal from Anthony O’Connor (Sky’s next door neighbour) quashed, indicating that the Planning Inspectorate is aware of the issues in the area. In addition, Sky’s attempt to have the site re-included in the regional waste strategy has failed. The reasons for removing the site from the GMWDA joint development plan, have been debated at a hearing and subsequently upheld by the Inspector. The site will NOT be re-included to the regional waste plan.

What’s Going To Happen Now

Regardless of the positive developments, this fight is about to get tougher than we’ve seen so far. Our worst enemy will be complacency.  Now is the time that we need to start gathering our resources and throwing our full weight behind the Council as they defend their decision to refuse.  In the coming months, we will be working alongside the Council to help ensure that common sense prevails and that the Council’s decision is upheld.

What Do We Need To Do

We will be registering as an interested party for the appeal. This will give us the opportunity to present our information in full, so it may be assessed and used in the Inspector’s decision.  Two years is a long time and situations may have changed. Individuals and businesses may have left the area, whereas others may have move in. In some cases, we may have different community representatives and Councillors.

In the first instance we need to do the following:

  • * Contact friends, family and colleagues – Notify anyone who has, is or will be affected by the outcome of the appeal.. that the appeal has arrived.
  • * Contact your Councillors – Regardless of the Council rejecting the application, you need to ensure that your local Councillor is aware that the appeal has arrived, and also that you still feel strongly about the negative impact this will have on the area. Do this by email, letter or phone. You can find contact details here:
  • * Keep watching for updates – We will be working with the Council to agree dates and the location for the appeal proceedings.  When we have these confirmed, we will need all hands to the pumps. Leafleting, postering and attendance at the hearing will be our top priorities.

We knew this was coming, now we have to ramp it up a notch. Stick with us and thank you for your continued support.


Thank You Councillor John Cullen, Rest In Peace.




Today I attended the standing room only funeral of Councillor John Cullen at St Mary’s Church in Eccles.  For those who didn’t know, John sadly passed away last week after a period of illness.

I have only known John for a short period of time, meeting him back in 2009 and subsequently working closely together with him on the Say No campaign.  In the pivotal role of Vice Chairman, John worked tirelessly for this campaign and provided strength, knowledge and guidance to assist in all of our battles and successes.  John was a kind and caring man who never failed to stand up for what he believed in. Well loved by the Council, the Community and this Campaign, John will forever hold a special place in all of our hearts and minds.

Thank you John, for everything you did for us. Thank you for your guidance. Thank you for teaching me that it’s not always the loudest man in the room who has the greatest ability to influence positive change.  You have taught us many things, not least that nice guys can win too. You are a winner and always will be.  You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.


Greater Manchester Joint Waste Plan – Update – Sky Site Re-Inclusion Not Proposed

Back in June we posted information related to the Greater Manchester Joint Waste Plan:

Having failed to convince Salford Council of the benefits of their incinerator, Sky Properties chose to ignore the opinions of the City and started making moves to position for an appeal at the Regional and National level.  Just days after the Salford Council rejection, Sky’s consultant company, Entec sent letters in to the GMWDA The Green Lane Site was originally included in the regional plan as a possible site for processing waste. It was subsequently removed, as it was surplus as to requirements.

In an effort to get the site put back into the plan, Entec represented Sky at a public hearing in Stockport in late June.  Their challenge to the removal of the site from the plan, centered around capacity. They believed the the GMGU (Greater Manchester Geology Unit) had got their “figures wrong” and that there would be an shortfall in capacity should Green Lane not be used for waste. The opposing arguements were debated between the GMGU team and Entec resulting in GMGU offering a “you show me your figures, I’ll show you mine” exchange. After a short recess, they returned to the hearing where Entec conceded that they had misunderstood some of the figures and that the GMGU were right.

This week, the GMWDA released the proposed changes to the plan that were made as a result of the hearings. We are happy to say that re-inclusion of the Sky site in the regional plan has NOT been suggested. You can find more details at the GMWDA site linked above.  We have been in contact with and had confirmation from the GMWDA, that they have NO plans to re-include it in the regional strategy.

This, however, is not the end of the matter. The Inspector still has to assess all of the information presented at the hearing and make his final decision. This is likely to take several months as some other issues are being readdressed around the Rochdale area.

The failure to get the site earmarked for inclusion in the regional strategy plan, does not bode well for the Sky appeal.  We continue to add common sense ammunition to our appeal fighting armoury each and every day.


Energos Isle of Wight – In Trouble, Again?

The Energos Plant in the Isle of Wight, just can’t seem to stay within those legal emission limits.  This time it’s Mercury.

At the June Salford Council meeting where the Sky Properties incinerator plan was rejected, a representative from Energos vehemently defended their technology. They continue to refuse to acknowledge that the plant is in fact an incinerator, although defined and classified under both UK and EU law as.. “an incinerator”.  During the debate, they likened their plant to a Formula 1 Racing Car, claiming that this was a world away from a traditional incinerator which was much like a normal run of the mill family car.  I don’t about you, but I’d rather not wrap my lips around the exhaust of either.

Just two months before extolling the virtues of their space age racing car of a waste burner, their only UK operational plant was still having problems with emission breaches.  The public face and statements of Energos, clearly don’t match up with the facts and figures provided by the Environment Agency. A report showed the following:

Mercury Emission Test (16/03/11 at 09:58 hrs)

Location: Monitoring Point A1 site chimney
Emission Source: Chimney Emissions
Substances(s) potentially released: Mercury
Analysis sample release rate: 0.289mg/m3.

 The legally allowed limit for Mercury release is 0.05mg/m3.  This test showed that the plant was released almost 6 times the legally allowed limit. Energos once again have proved themselves less than competent to keep their facilities within safe limits.

In other news earlier this year, the Isle of Wight Council have decided to reduce their reliance on the Energos plant. They consider it wholly unreliable and want to reduce their dependence on it. Increasing recycling would be one way to counteract the impact of the fault gasifier:

The chips continue to stack up against the possibility of a successful appeal for Sky.  We’re still here, still waiting and ready to fight it when it comes.

Over 50 reasons why Green Lane is the wrong site for a Recycling Plant (MRF)

In the latter stages of the run up to the Council panel meeting in June, Sky Properties finally provided an indication of who may be running the recycling plant in their planned facility. In fact, they even got a letter of support from JWS Waste and Recycling Services. JWS run another recycling plant in Fredrick Rd in Salford. You may remember this plant hitting the news recently, when mothers and children blocked the entrance to plant:

Families referred to the plant as “a living hell” further claiming that people living nearby were plagued by noise and dust from the site and by flies in hot weather.

We have maintained since the original proposal for this plant, that this living hell would be the reality. Additionally, a recycling plant would be a serious safety hazard so close to homes and children’s play areas. The noise, smell and pests could be considered just one of the 50 reasons why Mr. Hirsch needs to rethink recycling at this site. Safety, however, trumps these and gives us our next 50. A quick search on Google reveals exactly how much of a problem fire safety in particular is a problem for MRF plants. In the last two years, Google shows the following incidents of MRF Fires:

Number Date Location
1 14 April 2009 Hartlepool
2 26 May 2009 Port Talbot
3 22 June 2009 Bolton
4 22 July 2009 Walsall
5 10 August 2009 Dewsbury
6 25 August 2009 Lincolnshire
7 05 March 2010 Derry
8 18 March 2010 Grantham
9 21 April 2010 Edmonton
10 10 May 2010 Doncaster
11 20 May 2010 Enderby
12 27 May 2010 Ford
13 19 June 2010 Kilmarnock
14 06 July 2010 Brent
15 14 July 2010 Neath
16 02 August 2010 Mill Hill
17 03 August 2010 Bolton
18 30 August 2010 Edinburgh
19 31 August 2010 Bolton
20 01 October 2010 Buckley
21 01 October 2010 Ilkeston
22 03 November 2010 Huntingdon
23 23 December 2010 Pontllanfraith
24 14 January 2011 Norton
25 19 January 2011 Norton
26 05 February 2011 Huntingdon
27 09 February 2011 Ellesmere Port
28 01 March 2011 Croydon
29 13 March 2011 Stourton
30 20 March 2011 Hetton-le-hole
31 20 March 2011 Southampton
32 23 April 2011 Lye
33 23 April 2011 Brighton
34 24 April 2011 Kingswinford
35 29 April 2011 Sunderland
36 29 April 2011 Telford
37 30 April 2011 Liverpool
38 02 May 2011 Tyneside
39 03 May 2011 Loughborough
40 03 May 2011 Suffolk
41 03 May 2011 Thirsk
42 04 May 2011 Caerwent
43 16 May 2011 St Albans
44 20 May 2011 Leatherhead
45 21 May 2011 Sunderland
46 31 May 2011 Hereford
47 03 June 2011 Sleaford
48 07 June 2011 Poole
49 09 June 2011 Haverhill
50 15 June 2011 Hereford
51 24 June 2011 Lincoln
52 30 June 2011 Tameside
53 05 July 2011 Orsett
54 12 July 2011 Oldham

Surprising that one of these is actually happening in Oldham on the day I decided to write this post.  There is clearly an issue here. One the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) need to investigate to a conclusion. Does Mr. Hirsch really think it’s appropriate to have one of these overlooking a children’s park?  These are some of many reasons that we continue to prepare to fight an appeal. Watch this space for updates.