Bristol’s planning committee have today soundly rejected a controversial planning application for a diesel power generator in St Phillips.
Green Councillor Clive Stevens, who spoke against the application in today’s meeting said:
“This is a victory for the local communities in Bristol who have come together to fight this dirty power station, which could have poisoned our air so close to a nursery school. This should now set a national precedent to prevent dirty generators from being built in our inner cities. Air pollution is a silent killer which must be taken seriously. I am delighted that those on the planning committee who voted against this application have helped to protect the citizens of Bristol this afternoon.”
Green Councillor Jude English, who represents Ashley ward, the site of a previously rejected generator application said:
“Bristol citizens have now successfully fought off unwanted dirty generators in both St Werburgh’s in Ashley, and today in St Philips in Lawrence Hill. A diesel power station in our city centre is not the right way for a green city like Bristol to generate energy. We saw today how committed local residents, scientists and health campaigners came together to protect the health of inner city children and say loudly and clearly that local health should not be sacrificed in the interests of big business.’
Molly Scott Cato, Bristol’s Green MEP, who has campaigned on air pollution in the European Parliament said:
“I would like to congratulate the local communities and progressive local councillors for their hard work in campaigning to get this power generator rejected. Now more than ever we need to be supporting local clean community energy projects as the Brexit vote risks some of our most important air pollution legislation. It is vital that campaigners and politicians work together to ensure the health of our local communities is properly valued.”
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