'Blood money' accusation over St Dennis incinerator cash
Protesters who lost a battle to stop an incinerator being built in their village have branded a 30-year, £3.6 million community pot "blood money".
The money for St Denis, near St Austell will come from Cornwall Council's funds and waste giant SITA who are building the £117 million incinerator.
A further £750,000 from both organisations will pay for educational bursaries and independent soil and air testing.
A bitter legal battle that began in 2006 between the two warring sides ended in July when the High Court ruled SITA could begin work on the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC).
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The Cornwall Waste Forum St Dennis Branch, which campaigned against the move was refused leave to fight on in the Supreme Court.
This week councillors waved through a draft of a revised plan to create an incinerator and grant of £200,000 a year for a community fund each year for the next three while the site is under construction.
Once the plant is up and running local residents will share in the community fund the value of about £100,000 a year for the 30-year period of the contract, up to £3.6 million.
Ken Rickard, chairman of Cornwall Waste Forum St Dennis Branch, said the group was determined to fight on.
"The figures quoted only equate to the devaluation of seven or eight properties and in no way makes up for the loss of quality of life which one group of humans intends to inflict on another.
"Whatever happens Cornwall's taxpayers will be paying, by way of council tax, for their own blood money – so much for the so-called compensation."
Lance Kennedy, the council's portfolio holder for Community Safety, Public Protection and Waste Management, had initially been against plans to build the incinerator.
However, he has since accepted the incinerator represents a "practical and affordable solution" to deal with the county's waste over the next 30 years.