Protestors lose final battle against incinerator contract
The final battle to stop a contract for Gloucestershire's new incinerator from being signed has been lost by protestors.
They gathered outside Gloucestershire County Council's offices at Shire Hall today dressed in gas masks, protective wear and even bin bags to represent toxic waste.
The new £500 million incinerator would be built by Urbaser Balfour Beatty at Javelin Park, Haresfield, but environmentalists from groups such as GlosVAIN and Gloucester's Friends of the Earth believe the health impacts could be far-reaching across the county.
Councillors who sit on the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee considered a call-in by the Lib Dems on an earlier decision to approve signing of the contract to UBB. The call-in was, however, dismissed by Conservative councillors and the contract can now be officially signed.
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Protestor Lizzie Adams, from Leonard Stanley, who dressed in bags, heavy black make-up and walked on stilts at the protest, said: "It is disgusting. They are spending half a billion pounds and it is our money. We simply don't want it.
"People don't know anything about it so I've been walking around the streets of Gloucester telling them what's happening."