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October 13, 2011 1:50 PM

MP for St Austell & Newquay, Stephen Gilbert, has welcomed today's announcement that the High Court has overturned the decision to allow the proposed incinerator at St Dennis.

The hearing at the High Court on Tuesday followed a long running battle between local campaigners and SITA. The original planning application was denied by Cornwall County Council's planning committee in 2009 but Secretary of State Eric Pickles overturned this decision at appeal earlier this year.

Following Eric Pickles decision, local campaigners - backed by Stephen Gilbert MP - have raised the funds to challenge the decision at the High Court.

Commenting, local MP Stephen Gilbert said:

"I've supported the local campaigners fighting the incinerator since long before I was elected as the local MP. Indeed, I opposed my own party when the Lib Dems on Cornwall Council first consulted on the idea of incineration.

"Today's news from the High Court represents a great result for St Dennis. I'd like to congratulate the members of STIG and CWF for their dogged determination and perseverance in this fight. They have earned this result.

"It's time for Cornwall Council, SITA and representatives from our local communities get around the table and think again."