TROWBRIDGE Town Council is to restate its strong objections to the proposed Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd waste-to-energy incinerator at Westbury.

The council was invited by the Environment Agency to comment on the company's application for an operating permit.

At Tuesday's policy and resources committee meeting councillors resolved to repeat their objection to the £200 million scheme.

They said: "Trowbridge Town Council is concerned that this incinerator will have an adverse effect on the air quality in Trowbridge due to both direct pollution, generated by the incinerator’s operation and pollution created by the vehicles coming through Trowbridge to deliver waste to the incinerator."

Thousands of people and more than ten local town and parish councils have already objected to the scheme.

Northacre Renewable Energy is also applying to Wiltshire Council to change the operating technology from advanced thermal treatment to moving grate combustion.

Protest groups such as the Westbury Gasification Action Group (WGAG) / No Westbury Incinerator say this will add even more pollution from emissions to the local environment.

They also claim that lorries taking waste to the plant from other areas of Wiltshire and beyond will lead to an increase in HGV traffic on the busy A350 through Westbury.

Objectors have until January 22 to submit comment on the company's Environment Agency application.