Councillors have approved twenty million pound plans for a power plant in Shoreham in Sussex despite protests. Edgeley Green Power says it will create ninety jobs and generate power using renewable energy. But concerns have been raised about the smell and air pollution.
We are keen to see the development of renewable energy generation on this site, but any renewable solution has to be genuinely sustainable. We objected to this proposal for a few reasons. There’s a risk this will exacerbate our city’s air quality problems, and many local residents have expressed concerns about the potential use of palm oil, as world demand for this product is contributing to rainforest destruction.
– Councillor Pete West, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability committee
We are urging Adur District Council, with the support of the Port Authority to find ways of ensuring that only officially recognised, and genuinely sustainably produced renewable fuels would be used.”
A man has been sentenced to nine months behind bars suspended for 18 months, for dangerous driving during an incident on the A27 at Shoreham in Sussex last June.
Mark Bennett, 37, of Brighton Road in Worthing was found guilty of dangerous driving at Brighton Crown Court on 10th January 2013.
He was also sentenced to a three month curfew order between 9pm - 5am, 150 hours of unpaid work, required to take an extended driving test, and ordered to pay £3,500 in court costs.
Sussex Police said officers were called to a road rage incident on 6.45pm on 2nd June 2012.
They found a damaged silver Vauxhall Corsa on the Eastbound carriageway of the A27 Shoreham flyover. The driver said that starting from the Lancing Manor roundabout Bennett had overtaken their vehicle and braked directly in front of them causing them to lose control and collide with Bennett.
"The collision was caused by the aggressive and dangerous driving of the defendant Bennett. It was lucky that no-one was seriously injured or killed as a result of these actions.
" I hope that the result of this court case sends out a clear message that driving in such a manner will not be tolerated on the roads of Sussex."
– PC Pete Blake of Sussex Police's Roads Policing Unit
The family of a pilot who died during a mid air collision say his death was preventable. Alan Weal was killed when his light aircraft crashed with another plane over Sussex in July last year.
The coroner at the inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death - but Mr Weal's wife and daughters have vowed to fight for justice for him. Charlotte Wilkins has the story.
A spokesperson from Flying Time Aviation gave their reaction to the inquest:
"It is always a tragedy when a fellow pilot loses his life. Our thoughts are with his family. The instructor pilots operating our aircraft demonstrated how important it is to follow the standard procedures.
They displayed professionalism and exceptional piloting skills after safely landing the severely disabled aircraft without any further loss of life. "
Pilot's family will "continue to fight for justice"
The family of an experienced pilot who died in a mid-air collision has vowed to continue to fight for justice after an inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Alan Weal, a former BA pilot, died in a mid-air collision between two light aircraft over Sussex last July
The 62 year old died from head and chest injuries after the home-built plane he was test flying for a friend following its modification plunged into a recreation ground.
Ex-BA captain Mr Weal and flying instructor Robert Rickwood and his student, qualified pilot Barnaby Kerr, who were both in a four-seater aircraft, did not see each other before the collision at 1,100ft, the three-day inquest heard
The family of Mr Weal, from Goring, near Worthing, believe he died "a hero" by steering his stricken plane, a Vans RV-6A, away from houses and children playing in the recreation ground.
Following the accidental verdict, lawyers for Mr Weal's family vowed to consider taking legal action amid claims from his relatives that his death was "preventable".
Mr Weal's widow, Penny, 62, said: "We are disappointed with the verdict but will continue to fight for justice in the hope Alan's death was not in vain."
Keith Barrett, of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, which represented Mr Weal's family, said: "This is a tragic case that has seen a family lose a loving husband, father and grandfather. We're disappointed with the verdict but will continue in our legal fight for justice on behalf of the Weal family."
Inquest told about ex-BA pilot's mid-air collision
VIDEO: A flying instructor has described the terrifying moment that his light aircraft hit another plane over Sussex, sending it into a "rapid spiral descent" and killing the retired British Airways pilot. Charlotte Wilkins reports.