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You can use this checklist to find out ways you can help put a stop to the incinerator.  Click on an item from the list for details.  You can contact us if you need any further information or guidance.  We will be more than happy to help:

Say NO! Put your objection into Durham County Council Planning!!!  …. So important! 

Object, object, object in three simple steps.

✊ Object as individuals – everyone counts 18 and over, even if you’re from the same household!  

✊ Object as a business, group or organisation if you have or are part of one.

Your objection does not need to be lengthy and time consuming.  To make this process as easy as possible, here’s all the information you need (there is even a template document included for you if you need it – please try to adapt this to make the objection your own as these replicated letters may carry less weight):

  1. You must include your name, address and ‘Ref: DM/20/03267/WAS Energy from Waste Facility at Hownsgill Industrial Estate’ in your correspondence. You can ask the planning team for your personal information to be taken off.
  2. Include some material considerations that will be taken into account, such as (but not limited to):

👉 Highway safety 👉Traffic 👉Noise 👉Effect on listed building & conservation area 👉Design, appearance and materials 👉 Government policy 👉Disabled persons’ access 👉Proposals in the Development Plan 👉Nature conservation

  1. Send your objection via one of the following options:

⇨ Email your objection to: planning@durham.gov.uk – Ref: DM/20/03267/WAS. 

⇨ Register and comment on the portal:


⇨ Post and objection in writing to: Regeneration, Economy and Growth, Durham County Council, Planning Development (Strategic), Room 4/123-128, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

If you need it, here is the link to an objection template which can be personalised (it is best used as a base only to form your own personalised objections):


Here is a link to our campaigns planning policies with thanks to Niamh: https://www.facebook.com/groups/665610114135682/permalink/728618191168207/

The following wonderful local businesses, and even individuals, have kindly volunteered to be objection hubs to make objecting as easy as possible for everyone. This means that they have objection letter templates that require only personal details and a signature to be added. We then collect them and submit them to Durham County Council Planning Department on your behalf. The list continues to grow as more and more local businesses get onboard, so you will hopefully find one close to you. What amazing community spirit!

Help others submit objections to Durham County Council Planning.

Not everyone has access to electronic methods of correspondence and information.  Spread the word about the plans, and if you know of people who want to object but cannot access emails and online portals, help them out – create an email address for them or pass on the postal address details to allow them to submit a written objection.  We are here to give everyone a voice – they all matter!

Be fully informed about why we Say NO! to the incinerator.

Plans to build incinerator facilities are often presented in such a way that they are made to sound like a greener option for dealing with waste.  We completely disagree!  They are a largely unregulated and loosely monitored industry. Once you start researching, it really doesn’t take long to start churning out research relating to the alarming risks they pose on so many levels, as well as being a lucrative (for the few) and lazy way to deal with waste.  This is not what we want for our future. Check out The proposal tab to find out more.

Check out some of the following links.  It’s always good to be fully informed to spread the word, and be motivated to make changes that discredit arguments for the need for incineration in our town, and the UK.  Plus, do your own research and let us know what you come up with!

An excellent place to start is by watching Channel 4’s recently aired Dispatches episode; Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish.  It takes a look at how millions of tonnes of household recycling end up incinerated, hiking carbon emission, with councils locked into long and expensive waste contracts.  An eye opener! Dirty Truth About Your Rubbish: Dispatches – All 4 (channel4.com)

https://ukwin.org.uk/ will take you to ‘UK without incineration network’; an abundance of information opposing incineration and offering valuable support to local campaigns, including our very own, here in Consett.  A huge thank you to them!

There are emissions that are only spot checked 2 – 4 times a year. Not all emissions monitoring is continuous. Please see: https://ukwin.org.uk/files/particulates/PRG-Particulates-Matter-December-2019.pdf

Plume Plotter: A website which uses current conditions to forecast the plume in areas where an incinerator is planned.  Take a good look at the potential effect on the surrounding area if this incinerator goes ahead – if you think your home or childrens’ school is unaffected one day, check back when the weather has changed! https://plumeplotter.com/consett/

Show the whole town you’re Saying NO! Show you’re part of this.

Make it visible – show solidarity, we stand together! You can print your own leaflet: https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/1zInLMsn2fHA8OxIJmwsP9b4l6fjO47TJ?usp=sharing

Alternatively, you can contact David at Label Me This Enterprises to order your merchandise. labelmethisenterprises@gmail.com for banners, leaflets, posters, car bumper stickers, flags…(1) Label Me This | Facebook

Sign and share the petition.

The petition only counts as one objection as a whole – but it is a brilliant way to raise awareness and get support. Sign and share and encourage as many people as possible to actively join our campaign, and then Object, Object, Object!.

Petition · Durham County Council: Oppose Hownsgill Energy from Waste Plant · Change.org

Support our Crowd fund to raise much needed funds for our cause

We are raising money to support our campaign – anything you can spare will help us fight the cause on your behalf.

Please click here to view the crowd fund page.   

Join us on Social Media

We have an open public group and a private group on Facebook – the private group is the most important. Join us and share ideas, post information you have found, and feel free to demonstrate just how opposed you are to this incinerator being forced onto the people of Consett.

Get your children involved

Our children are our future.  They should have a voice.  They can get involved by visiting our Kids say NO! page.  It includes child-friendly information and activities to help your child understand why we oppose incineration, and a poster campaign we really need them to get involved in.  We want them to have a voice in this!  There is also an updates page where we will post childrens’ contributions, new challenges and news.  Rally your school into action too!

Share your talents

Many people have offered their services – this has been a truly community effort.

A massive thank you to Christian for his time and patience in creating our website, to David and Emma at ‘Label Me This’ for their stupendous effort in getting leaflets and banners out to people.  A huge thank you to Calvin Bone for the logo and all his amazing graphic design input. Alun Young for the Facebook profile frame. Niamh McDonald for using her expertise in creating an excellent objection template. To everyone who has helped with leaflet dropping and supporting all that we do.  If there is anything at all you feel you can offer or do to support – please get in touch.  Everything counts!