Consultation on increased capacity at Lostock Incinerator

A formal consultation process is open regarding a plan to increase capacity at the site of the Lostock incinerator.

You should have received the consultation questionnaire by post and will need to respond to it by 28th February 2021. If you’d prefer you can fill it in online following the link below

The consultation needs the local community to share their opinions on the plan, which will be reported to the government when planning permission for this is submitted in summer 2021.

Although you feel you may not be able to affect the decision – your opinion really does count in this case so please find time to share your views.

The plan is to increase capacity from 600,000 tonnes to 728,000 tonnes per year. The financial model upon which incinerators are built is that they require 24 hour operation 365 days a year for around 30 years to achieve the payback anticipated by their investors. To achieve this they must be constantly fed with waste.

Northwich and surrounding areas generate a 10,000 tonnes a year so the vast majority of this waste will be imported from around the country to keep the incinerator running at capacity.

The nearest alternative incinerators are in Ellesmere Port at Ince Marshes, which when built will also have a capacity for dealing with 600,000 tonnes per year, and Western Point in Runcorn up and running with a capacity of 850,000 tonnes per year.

Lach Dennis and Lostock Green parish council along with other local councils will be writing to Andrew Lewis, the Chief Executive of Cheshire West and Chester council to urge him to oppose this plan.

Cllr Mark Stocks, Conservative member for Shakerley on Cheshire West and Chester Council has issued the following press release: