A FIRM behind controversial plans to build an incinerator near Rainworth has dropped its pursuit of planning permission.
Campaigners against the plans are celebrating after Veolia withdrew their legal challenge to build the energy recovery facility at the former Rufford Colliery site.
The Government had turned down the proposals last year saying it would be an eyesore and potentially harm wildlife, but Veolia vowed to fight the decision.
But the group of campaigners, who had called themselves the People Against Incineration (PAIN), have welcomed the news that Veolia has now pulled out of the fight.
Environmental campaigner Shlomo Dowen said: “It’s fantastic news, the situation has dominated my life for the last eight years and the decision by Veolia to drop the legal action is hopefully the end of the matter.
“The Government decided to defend their decision so it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Veolia.”
Rainworth councillor and PAIN treasurer Linda Tift added: “The community has plenty to celebrate, and still more to do to protect and enhance local wildlife for the benefit of future generations”.
Campaigners are switching their attention to ensuring Rufford Colliery’s restoration to heathland and woodland and its inclusion within a Sherwood Forest Special Protection Area.