Andrew Griffiths has hailed as “victory for people power” the news that Irish company ESB International have withdrawn proposals to build a 960 Megawatt gas power station on the Centrum 100 site in Burton.
Support for the campaign from local residents and councillors was overwhelming, with over 2000 people signing the petition. The initiative, run by Andrew demonstrated to the Irish Power Company the strength of local opposition to the controversial plans.
Two 55m chimneys would have scarred the local skyline, the emissions would have had a negative impact on already poor air quality in Burton, and the related noise and traffic would have blighted residents’ lives. It was also discovered that as few as 1 in 5 of the jobs created would have gone to local people. This is a victory for common sense and for people power.
Even Cllr Peter Beresford, who with the rest of his Labour Party colleagues supported the building of the plant has admitted,
“The campaign led by Andrew Griffiths has obviously been one of the factors in ESB’s decision.”
“This shows just what ispossible when we all work together. I would particularly like to thank everyone who displayed a poster in their windows.
My aim now is to ensure the site is used for a more suitable development to provide local jobs, while not affecting the quality of lives of residents. The recently announced Boots initiative on another Centrum 100 site will create ten times the number of permanent jobs that the power station would have created, and is an example of what can be done. Our success in defeating this proposal shows what is possible if we all work together and stand up to be counted. Burton is a great place to live and do business and I know that if we continue to work together we can make it even better.”