The 'Ghost Ships' at Graythorp
The Hartlepool Ghost Ships
Objectors claim the scheme will damage the environment, but the company has always maintained the work will bring major economic benefits and hundreds of jobs to the town. In case you've lost track, here is a recent history of the saga.
Under a new UK Ship recycling policy, the riskiest parts of the scrapping process now have to be carried out in the EU before ships are sent abroad.
It was announced that the former French Navy aircraft carrier, Clemenceau was to be broken up at Hartlepool.
Preparatory work begins on board the Ghost Ships.
On 30 June, 2008, after years of bitter legal wrangling, the Environment Agency granted a licence to break up the controversial "ghost ships" on Teesside.
Hartlepool Council's planning committee deferred a decision on four planning applications, relating to the scrapping of the Ghost Ships.
Protests as decision day looms.
In a meeting which saw one protestor removed by police, others continually interrupting speakers, and members of the public being allowed to pass messages to committee members, the planning committee eventually decided they had insufficient information to reach a conclusion.
By now it seemed likely the final decision on the Ghost Ships would be taken by the Planning Inspectorate, who were to begin a Public Inquiry in Hartlepool, the following Tuesday.
last updated: 15/01/2009 at 15:57
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