Here at MCFly we aren’t big fans of press-release journalism. There’s already quite enough of it from the Manchester Evening News. Still, needs must, because we don’t have enough reporters. If you’d like to get involved, get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, here’s a press-release we received from the folks at the Trafford-based Breathe Clean Air Group.
The campaign to stop the Barton Renewable Energy Plant, in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, continues. The Breathe Clean Air Group is planning a series of fundraising events and campaigning activities to improve the quality of air that will affect most of Greater Manchester.
Group Chairman, Pete Kilvert said “we presented a substantial case at the Public Inquiry, held at Manchester United football stadium last November and now await the Government Planning Inspector’s recommendation expected in February. Then Minister of State Eric Pickles will make the final decision by early May. Our fundraising activities have almost covered our legal costs and we intend to move into 2013, the “European Year of Air”, with a positive programme to protect and improve air quality in Trafford and Greater Manchester”.
Following a successful Grand Christmas Draw, which raised over £1,000, the Breathe Clean Air Group is to run a St.Valentine’s Day Raffle as well as a number of gigs. (see http://www.BreatheCleanAirGroup.co.uk for details). “We greatly appreciate the support from local people and hope that they will continue to support us during 2013” added Mr Kilvert.
The Group is still collecting signatures on their petition and is planning to take this to London in March. Petition forms are available on the website and residents are urged to download one and collect more signatures.
The European Commission declared that 2013 is “The Year of Air” with key European air pollution legislation up for review. “We hope that this
means improvements to air quality” said Mr Kilvert, “but we know that certain authorities in this country want to weaken the legislation. This would mean that the areas of highest air pollution will be allowed some flexibility to exceed current standards, which will result in more disease and early death for people. The Breathe Clean Air Group will challenge any worsening of air quality standards”.