Cornwall County Council planning commitee voted 20 to 1 against Sita’s plans to build a huge incinerator at St Dennis in Mid Cornwall. Despite recommendations to approve the plans from a Council planning officer the overwhelming feeling and debate was strongly opposed to it. Dick Cole, Matthew Taylor MP and a large majority of councilors took their turn to speak out against the project while campaigners from the St Dennis Anti-incinerator Group and members of the public watched anxiously downstairs in the viewing area. After a short lunch break the vote was finally taken; twenty votes against, one in favour and one abstained. As celebrations began outside County Hall a Sita representative was seen driving off in a hurry.
A truly remarkable outcome and proof that people power really can influence what happens in our Duchy. The STIG group was praised by both councillors and MPs for their outstanding research, determination and professional approach to their well thought out and well presented campaign. This was a victorious day for Cornwall and its people.