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Insult to injury for Meriden Gap

MERIDEN could be the site of a new incinerator - just months after earlier plans were scrapped to build a replacement at the waste to energy plant at Whitley in Coventry.

MERIDEN could be the site of a new incinerator - just months after earlier plans were scrapped to build a replacement at the waste to energy plant at Whitley in Coventry.

UK Coal own Meriden Quarry, off Cornets End Lane and is seeking shareholder approval to set up a joint venture with developer Peel Holdings.

Just last September, £1 billion plans for a new incinerator and waste plant to burn Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire’s rubbish were dropped following protests over the huge costs.

Firm proposals for the sites have yet to be drawn up although Myles Kitcher, director, Peel Environmental said: “Plans for the sites have still to be properly developed and be put through the subsequent formal planning process before any work or development of any kind can begin.

“We are also committed to ensuring that full and effective consultation with the local community is carried out for any schemes brought forward.”

But Solihull’s Green Party reacted with dismay at the proposals.

Councillor Karl Macnaughton said: “I would look with interest if firm proposals were submitted for light industry such as anaerobic digestion or gasification but it would be horrific if an incinerator were proposed and then built.

“The Meriden gap already has enough pressures and blight with HS2. An incinerator would add insult to injury.”

 

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