Mearns incinerator company up in smoke

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A campaigning group of protestors against proposals to install a giant incinerator in Newton Mearns celebrated this week after hearing of the closure of the company Lifetime Recycling Village (LRV).

The group claims victory as LRV wound up the company.

Its latest annual accounts submitted to Companies House for the year up to 31/10/2012 reported ‘cash at bank’ of £1,000, ‘liabilities’ worth £110,000, a negative ‘net worth’ of minus £-109,000 and ‘assets’ worth £1,000.

News of the dissolution of the firm was met with “immense relief” from campaigner Harry Stewart. He added: “It has been such a long and arduous fight against a proposal that would have destroyed Newton Mearns as we know it. So relief, relief, relief.”

A protest march against the massive waste burner attracted more than 2000, from kids to grandparents, at a rally at the height of the campaign in 2011 on the site of the proposed operation.

Jim Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire at the time, supported the protest, saying: “Newton Mearns should not become the focal point of all Scotland’s waste. This plant would be close to people’s houses and one of the biggest schools in the country.”

Mr Stewart added: “It’s a victory for the power of the people who stood up against a giant monstrosity being erected on a piece of ground that would have measured up to six football pitches of a footprint.

“Great lorries would have been trundling through Newton Mearns cross day and night.

“Thankfully, our gains hasn’t been another community’s loss as the firm is gone.”