The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

Environment Worries After Clayton Fire

Residents and canal users have voiced concern after a dramatic blaze at a pharmaceutical development plant in Clayton.

Following the fire what the Manchester Evening News described as a “wall of foam” built up along the Ashton canal by the Etihad Campus. By late afternoon on Easter Monday pollution had spread all the way along the canal from Beswick to Holt Town. The sight was a grim one on what should be the pride of Manchester, our historic waterways.

The company Carbogen Amcis who run the plant gave a firm ” no comment” when the Pirate Party contacted them to ask for details and reassurance for worried neighbours.

This raises questions about the environmental controls at the heart of the city. It’s clear we need answers about how we plan to stop serious incidents affecting the waterways that run right through the city. The centre of Manchester has seen a huge influx of new residents – are our neighbourhood plans up to date to protect all of us?

The council needs urgently to revisit neighbourhood planning and communities need real power over the space around them

The Pirate Party also has a policy that the polluter should pay for damage caused. We look forward to hearing from Carbogen Amcis about what actually happened on Easter Sunday in Clayton. That much they owe Manchester at least, if not more.

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