12 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell

THE intensity of local opposition to new plans to build a “biomass” incinerator in the Bragan/Carrickroe area was strongly signalled at an emotionally charged public meeting in a packed community hall in Carrickroe on Monday night.
The sense of anger at the proposal to build what was described as a 40 megawatt plant, said to be costing in the region of €115 million, at the site of the former Marley Compost plant on the R186 between Tydavnet and Clogher was amplified by frustration at the fact that a public campaign of opposition to a similar plant in the area had been at its height almost exactly 10 years ago.
On the previous occasion, Mr Aiden McCarron’s company, Monopower Ltd, had been seeking to build a 30MW biomass incinerator at Killycarran, Emyvale, about two miles east of the site now being mooted.
The rally was told that the community was now facing another potentially costly campaign simply because some people didn’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “No”.
Organised at Carrickroe Community Centre by the Bragan/Carrickroe Residents Group, Monday’s public information meeting attracted up on 300 people — who were told by the group’s acting chairperson Mary Beagan that it was prompted by Mr McCarron’s visits to local residents in recent months to seek their support for the new plan.
That plan had also included a proposal to build a top-class hotel beside the incinerator, using the hot water generated at the plant to provide “blue lagoon” type bathing areas, it was claimed at the meeting.
Ms Beagan and a number of speakers told the gathering that Mr McCarron had given a commitment to withdraw the proposal if he found that the local community did not want it.
Crucially, however, a spokesperson for the developer told the Northern Standard this week that Mr McCarron, who was a man of his word, had given no such promise to …

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