Gloucestershire waste focus: Javelin Park
The announcement of the list of sites in the Forest of Dean, Tewkesbury, Gloucester and Stroud areas has been greeted with widespread controversy, and many believe an incinerator could end up outside their front door.
But the county council has not confirmed the method of waste disposal or whether any of the sites will be developed following the consultation.
alternatives: Francesca Cupido, Rob Gaffney, David Dodsworth and Graeme Flory-Kish, chairman of Haresfield Parish Council.
Over the next 10 weeks, The Citizen will be looking in detail at each site and its place in the communities nearby.
Javelin Park, Haresfield
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Perhaps the most controversial and publicised potential site is Javelin Park, sitting empty in Haresfield on the outskirts of Gloucester.
In January, the council came up against criticism from residents, councillors and Gloucester's MP Parmjit Dhanda after it announced it had purchased part of the area, which was identified as a strategic waste site in the council's Waste Local Plan in 2004.
Since then, petitions, protests, heated debates and a high-profile name-change for Labour party aide and Haresfield Parish councillor David Purchase have elevated the issue so it is set firmly in everybody's minds.
Mr Purchase, who works as an assistant to Mr Dhanda, and famously changed his name to David "Against Incineration" Purchase when he stood for the Quedgeley division in the county council elections this year, said residents would still fight plans for a waste incinerator at the site.
He said: "Haresfield Parish Council does not have a difficulty with Javelin Park being identified as a waste disposal site for the local area.
"However, it would be difficult to convey this to the county council through their consultation, as they are not prepared to consult over the technologies that can be used to dispose of waste.
"What the parish council is clear about is that incineration should not be introduced to Gloucestershire, and therefore should not be introduced to any of the 13 sites proposed."
Francesca Cupido, who has lived on the Kingsway estate for three months, said: "I just think there are alternatives to putting this incinerator here, and there has to be protest.
"It's going to affect not just our children, but our children's children. It will be a blot on our beautiful Cotswold landscape."
Rob Gaffney lives with his family opposite the entrance to the site, which makes him the nearest neighbour to Javelin Park.
He said: "It's not just about where it's going to be. There are so many other solutions to the problem.
"This just seems to be the easy option, and there's this pretence that the site has good access, but just down the road there's a sign telling drivers how many accidents there have been on this road recently."
He added that the extra vehicles serving the waste site would make an already bad problem worse.
He said: "Drivers already see this road as a continuation of the motorway, and there's a weight limit going into Standish which everyone already ignores.
"The traffic coming off the M5 is already bad enough, before you even take into consideration the increased traffic when the Kingsway development is finished.
"If this goes ahead, there will be chaos on the M5."
Nigel Riglar, director of planning for Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The site known as Javelin Park is the former Moreton Valence Airfield, off J12 of the M5 motorway in Stroud district.
"It is vacant apart from large piles of crushed recycled stone. Although there is no waste management on the site at present, the owners of the site, which include the county council, have said it could be available for use.
"This site is on the consultation shortlist because it fulfils many of the criteria, is not at risk of flooding and it is close to the motorway network.
The site was originally identified in the Waste Local Plan which was approved in 2004."