Community trust to award Cornwall incinerator compensation cash

St Dennis incinerator plan Building of the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is well under way

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Residents living near an incinerator in Cornwall have to decide how to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds offered to compensate for its location.

Building of the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre is well under way near St Dennis.

Cornwall Council said a new charity would consider how the money should be distributed.

It would be responsible for giving away about £200,000 in its first year, it said.

The incinerator was given the go-ahead to be built near St Austell after the government won a Court of Appeal challenge in 2012 to allow the £117m project to go ahead.

Opponents argued the plant would be too big, in the wrong place and could cause health and conservation issues.

Campaigners failed to stop the project, and a deal to make up for it being on their doorstep included community cash, with contributions from developer Sita.

St Dennis and St Stephen parish councils were setting up the trust which would be responsible for awarding funding to local projects, Cornwall Council said.

Seven local residents would represent local people, joining six trustees appointed from the parish councils in assessing grant applications and awarding funds to projects, it added.

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