"After a four-hour meeting, councillors rejected the proposals despite planning officials recommending they be approved."
So what councillors are saying is - even though their own experts told them this could be done safely and even though this means jobs for local people... they would rather the work went to somewhere that isn't here.
Would they rather have more people out of work? Would they rather the work was carried out somewhere else, that doesn't necessarily have the stringent safeguards in place for the people doing the work and the environment?
The answer, it would seem, is yes.