Over 200 campaigners greet councillors at Javelin Park site visit as incinerator decision looms
SEVERAL hundred campaigners gathered in a last-ditch attempt to sway the opinion of councillors as they prepare to vote on plans for a £500 million incinerator.
Gloucestershire County Council's planning committee arrived at Javelin Park, near Haresfield, at noon yesterday for a site visit.
It was held ahead of a meeting next week when the councillors will decide whether to go ahead with the controversial proposals.
They were greeted by more than 200 chanting and sign-wielding protestors, who even flew a balloon 70m high over the site to show how tall the highest point of the incinerator would be.
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Sue Oppenheimer, chairman of the anti-incinerator campaigner group GlosVAIN, said: "We were there to show the strength of feeling against these proposals.
"This incinerator is not needed here and we do think there is still time for them to change their minds."
Gerald Hartley, a member of GlosVAIN, said: "I'm not surprised by the turnout, we knew the strength of feeling before. It isn't too late. Nobody here wants this."
Jonathan Edmunds, who lives in Randwick, was dressed in a crocodile outfit.
He said: "It's about the animals too, so I dragged the costume out.
"For me, it's more about the generations to come and the climate. I have young children and I don't want to burden them with this."
If given the go-ahead, the £500 million burner will deal with 92 per cent of the county's residual waste and will run for the next 25 years.
A spokesman for waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB), said: "Yesterday's visit was to assist the planning committee in its evaluation of the application. UBB was there to help with queries raised by the planning committee members in relation to the layout of the proposed development.
"UBB welcomes the planning officer's recommendation that planning permission be granted for the proposals and is looking forward to the decision of the planning committee next Thursday."
â Campaigners are screening an environmental film in Churchdown tonight. Trashed will be screen at 7.30pm at the GL3 Community Hub, on Cheltenham Road East. Admission is free.