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The top civil servant who gave the go-ahead for a vast waste incinerator at the Hightown Quarry outside Belfast says he's taken the decision in the public interest.
Peter May, the permanent secretary at the Department for Infrastructure, has been criticised by most of the political parties for giving the green light to the controversial project without a minister in position.
He has been speaking to our Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee.
Campaigners opposed to a controversial waste incinerator in north Belfast are now considering legal action.
A meeting was held on Wednesday night after plans to build the facility were given the green light.
There had been a long-running campaign by residents near Hightown Quarry against the application, but following a report by the Planning Appeals Commission, the Department of Infrastructure has now said the incinerator can go ahead.
Two years ago the then-environment minister, the SDLP's Mark H Durkan, turned down the proposal.
The department has received more than 4,000 objection letters to the plans.
Residents have listed concerns about the visual impact on the environment, light and noise pollution and health implications among their objections.
Colin Buick, chair of the NoArc21 campaign group, said residents were angry at the way the announcement was made.
“We’ve just had to rip up the agenda for this committee meeting and it’s basically a one item agenda. We’ve been looking to see where we are going, future plans and developments, and it will be along the lines of where we go to pursue this and that will probably be a legal avenue.”
“A judicial review is probably the lines we go down. How we fund that, and taking that forward, is a matter for our committee and the local 4,000 objectors” he added.
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