Glosvain carol video mocks Gloucestershire council's incinerator plans
ANTI-INCINERATOR campaigners have poked fun at council bosses by sending them a humorous Christmas greetings video.
The video by campaign group Glosvain mocks the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas and has been dubbed "Old King Waste Less".
The lyrics set out the campaign group's arguments against Gloucestershire County Council's £500 million burner plans against the backdrop of the famous melody.
Sue Oppenheimer, chairman of Glosvain, said: "The lyrics have been adapted to draw attention to the various dubious statements and practices emanating from parts of the council.
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"This message is a continuation of Glosvain's campaign for recycling and new technologies against mass burn incineration in Gloucestershire."
The video, which was posted on YouTube on Sunday, has already been watched more than 100 times.
It features lyrics such as: "Old King Waste Less had no doubt, Glos waste was receding, Yet the words he did spout, Were downright deceiving."
The council's waste guru, Councillor Stan Waddington, is portrayed as Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in the tenth century, who is also the subject of the Christmas carol.
In 1853, English hymn writer John Mason Neale wrote the Wenceslas lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853.
The spoof video comes just weeks before county councillors will decide the fate of waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty's plans to build the council's energy-from-waste facility at Javelin Park near Haresfield.
The plans are due to be considered by the planning committee in February.
But councillors are already facing strong opposition over concerns about the impact on human health.
When asked what he thought about the video, Mr Waddington declined to comment.
No one was available from Urbaser Balfour Beatty to comment.