Debate on Gloucestershire's incinerator to be ticketed – and will be uploaded online
D-DAY for Gloucestershire's incinerator is March 21 – but you will need a ticket to attend the debate.
Gloucestershire County Council is expecting hundreds of people to attend its planning committee meeting.
So it has hired a room at Kingsholm Stadium, which can hold 300 people. And there will be TV screens in the next room for anyone who can't squeeze in.
People wanting to attend the meeting, which starts at 10am, will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis and will be given a ticket to get in.
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Doors will open as early as 8.30am as the council braces itself for a wave of objectors.
A council spokeswoman said: "It will be ticketed as we do when we expect a big crowd, but nobody will be refused entry. If we get more than 300 people, we've also hired another room which will have TVs set up so anyone who doesn't fit into the main room can watch the meeting from there."
It will also be recorded and the audio uploaded to the council's website. However Ian Ritchins, spokesman for campaign group Glosvain, said: "It is disappointing that the county council seem hell-bent in calling the planning meeting before the May elections, when we could have seen if they had a mandate to press on with this debacle. Or is it that they are frightened that they may lose too many seats which would result in the project being cancelled?" Objectors also said the meeting should have been held in the evening when more people could have attended.
Project director Javier Peiro, from waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty, said: "We look forward to a decision on the application, which if approved, will help the county divert over 92 per cent of its residual waste from landfill while generating renewable electricity equivalent to the needs of at least 25,000 homes."