During two interviews on ChatandSpinRadio.com on 24 January 2018 and 30 January 2018 relating to Rolton Kilbride’s proposed gasification development in Washington, Sunderland, I [Shlomo Dowen] made statements about Rolton Kilbride that  I now wish to retract.

For the avoidance of doubt:

Nothing I said during the course of the interview broadcast on ChatandSpinRaod.com on 24 January 2018 or 30 January 2018 should be interpreted as an allegation of financial impropriety or instability relating to Rolton Kilbride or to its directors and/or shareholders. I have been informed by Rolton Kilbride that its finances are in good shape and that its owners and managers do not have any history of financial mismanagement or misconduct. I wish to withdraw any statements made about their financial circumstances during that interview.

Comments made during the course of the interview broadcast on ChatandSpinRadio.com regarding the gasification technology that Rolton Kilbride proposes to use in Washington related to my professional opinion of what had and had not been demonstrated by the information provided up to that point in time by Rolton Kilbride as part of their planning application and supporting documents. I have also been informed by Rolton Kilbride that it has the necessary experience and expertise in the relevant technology for such plants.

I recognise that Rolton Kilbride successfully obtained planning permission for gasification proposals in Castle Bromwich (Birmingham), Templeborough (Rotherham), and Hams Hall (Warwickshire).

The statement I made during the course of the interview broadcast on ChatandSpinRadio.com on 24 January 2018 that Rolton Kilbride had wanted to enter into secret talks (by which I meant private talks) with Sharon Hodgson MP was not intended to allege anything unlawful on anyone’s part, and related solely and only to one interpretation of the implications of the statement contained within Rolton Kilbride’s letter dated 7th November 2017, available from Sharon Hodgson MP’s website that includes the following: “Thank you for sending a copy of your objection to Rolton Kilbride. I appreciate you have concerns and it would have been good to discuss these, particularly before they were made public…” I have been informed by Rolton Kilbride that they have not proposed any secret talks with the local MP.

I apologise unreservedly if any statements I made during the course of the interview broadcast on ChatandSpinRadio.com on 24 January 2018 and 30 January 2018 were open to misinterpretation. I request that if you are aware of anyone who might have misinterpreted what I said that you draw their attention to this statement. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing that I said on ChatandSpinRadio.com was intended to imply that Rolton Kilbride acted unlawfully in any way.

Shlomo Dowen, for and on behalf of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN)

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