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Campaigners need funds for legal battle
CAMPAIGNERS are appealing for donations to help fund their fight against plans to build an energy from waste plant in Lostock.
The Cheshire Anti Incinerator Network (CHAIN) has been campaigning against plans to build the controversial plant off Griffiths Road since it was given the go ahead in October.
Following Cheshire West and Chester Council’s (CWAC) decision not to challenge the Secretary of State’s approval, CHAIN decided to seek its own legal advice, leading to the appointment of a Queens Counsel (QC).
The QC informed CHAIN that it had “strong grounds” on which to challenge the decision, but campaigners say more funding is needed if they are to continue their fight against the “frightening” development.
“Had we not had legal advice telling us we have a strong case, we would have given up and walked away.
“It’s frightening to think of what could be built right behind Tesco.”
So far, the judicial review has been funded by donations, mainly from CWAC councillors – who gave a total of £6,000 from their member budgets – and neighbouring parish councils and residents.
The spokesman added: “CHAIN would like to express its thanks to the people who have made donations over the past few weeks, particularly to the lady, who said she was a pensioner, who handed our chairman Brian Cartwright a £20 note when he was shopping in Sainsbury’s.”
Donations can be made via PayPal on the CHAIN website at anti-incinerator.org.uk or by phoning 01606 881693.