Children protest against Gloucestershire incinerator
CHILDREN have been having their say on plans for a controversial incinerator in Gloucester.
A £500million burner at Javelin Park, in Haresfield, was given the go-ahead in September.
Despite a last ditch bid by Liberal Democrats and campaigners to derail the plans last month, their 11th hour 'call-in' was thrown out by Conservative councillors.
On Saturday protesters once again took to the site, near Junction 12 of the M5, this time with their children in tow in a bid to illustrate the harm they say will be caused to future generations.
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About 60 people attended the Children's Right's Respecting demo against the incinerator, complete with banners and chants.
Resident Claire Card lead the group to the Haresfield Beacon.
She said: "The more we've thought about it, the more we realise how important it is that the children's opinions are heard, as they will be growing up in the shadow of this incinerator."
Her daughter Martha, 10, said: "I am worried about the traffic and my health. It might be really poisonous.
"There are a lot of nice walks here and it will spoil the view as we will be able to see it."
Cos Ttofa , whose son Luca, six, goes to Haresfield School, said: "Saturday's event was all about protecting the future of our children. It will also have a massive visual impact on the area, and a huge environmental impact too.
A spokesman for Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB), the company which inked the deal to build the facility, said: "We know there are concerns over a facility in our county.
"But we at UBB believe that much of the information being promoted in the county is wrong and designed to scare people."