On 1st May, the UK Supreme Court declared that the Government is
failing in its legal duty to protect people from the harmful affects of air
pollution. This paves the way for the European Commission to take legal
action against the UK.
Following this landmark judgement, Trafford’s Breathe Clean Air Group,
which has been campaigning for nearly three years to stop the Barton
Renewable Energy Plant, has again written to Mr Eric Pickles, Minister
of State for Communities and Local Government, asking him to REFUSE
planning permission for the controversial Davyhulme incinerator.
“Of crucial importance is the irritant and toxic gas, nitrogen dioxide,”
said Pete Kilvert, BCAG Chairman. “This is a product of combustion and
is emitted from motor vehicles as well as the proposed incinerator. As the
incinerator is to be located next to the M60 motorway, where the nitrogen
dioxide levels are already well above the safety limit, it is vital for the
health of local residents that the incinerator is not built.”
Air pollution causes 29,000 early deaths per year in the UK – more than
obesity and alcohol combined. It causes heart attacks, strokes, cancer and
respiratory disease. Children living near busy roads have been shown to
grow up with under-developed lungs. Any additional nitrogen dioxide
from a nearby incinerator would add to this problem.
“This historic ruling by the Supreme Court marks a turning point in
the campaign for clean air and puts pressure on the Government to
take steps to clean the air we breathe” added Mr Kilvert. “We will take
full advantage of this to protect the people of Trafford, Salford and