'Fantastic' backing helps Sinfin waste plant campaigners take fight to court
CAMPAIGNERS who are taking on a Government minister in a last-gasp bid to halt the development of a waste plant say local people have donated hundreds of pounds to fund their legal battle.
Dorothy Skrytek is going head-to-head with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles in a battle to stop the plant being built in Sinfin Lane, Sinfin.
Miss Skrytek, from Derby and South Derbyshire Friends of the Earth, is being helped with her challenge by protest group Sinfin and Spondon Against Incineration (SSAIN).
The groups claim that emissions would cause health problems for people living nearby.
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Mr Pickles is involved because the latest decision to give the plant the green light was made by a planning inspector on his behalf.
Miss Skrytek's lawyers successfully applied for legal aid to help with her fight but had to raise £3,000 towards the costs as part of that deal.
Now she and SSAIN have announced that this has been achieved with the help of local individuals, community groups and climate campaigners from around the country. Friends of the Earth has also raised cash for a free coach to bus supporters to the High Court hearing, which took place in Manchester on Friday.
SSAIN chairman Simon Bacon and Miss Skrytek both said local people had come to them to offer cash to help with the legal challenge.
Mr Bacon said: "One gentleman from the local community came to my house to give me a cheque for £200. That shows how strongly he felt." He said hundreds of pounds had also been raised via a leaflet campaign in Sinfin and Osmaston, while another £600 came from environmental campaigners after United Kingdom Without Incineration Network set up an account so people could donate online. Miss Skrytek said the level of contributions from the community had been "fantastic".
She is up against Mr Pickles, Resource Recovery Solutions and the city council which – along with Derbyshire County Council – has signed an agreement with RRS to deal with the county's household rubbish.
The plant is intended to deal with 200,000 tonnes of household waste a year.
RRS's plans were originally rejected by the city council's planning committee.
Last September, a planning inspector gave the plant the go-ahead and it is this decision which Miss Skrytek is challenging.
RRS is now a wholly-owned subsidiary firm of another waste company, Shanks. A spokeswoman for the firm said: "We remain confident of the benefits of the facility for the community of Derby and Derbyshire."
See Saturday's Derby Telegraph for details of how the hearing went.