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An average of just 12 people visited each exhibition on controversial mega-burner for Wisbech

Less than 100 people turned out across seven venues to see an exhibition organised by the firm behind the proposed mega incinerator for Wisbech.

However, MVV Environment's managing director Paul Carey, said they were pleased with the response, which he said would be used to help shape next year's statutory consultation.

The exhibitions, which were held at venues across the Wisbech area over a three week period, with three the first week and four in the third and week's break in between, was part of the company's non-statutory consultation, which was aborted in the spring because of the coronavirus.

Protestors turned out in force for the final exhibtion by MVV held on Friday (16) at Walton Highway Club. Picture: Kim Taylor.
Protestors turned out in force for the final exhibtion by MVV held on Friday (16) at Walton Highway Club. Picture: Kim Taylor.

Mr Carey, who was present at all seven exhibitions, said the turn-out was what they would normally expect adding that the event held on Saturday October 3at the Queen Mary Centre saw the largest numbers attend.

He said: "We are not usually inundated. This was part of our non-statutory consultation and people can still have their say as it runs until October 29. The exhibition is on our website in an inter-active format and people can use a Freepost address to submit their comments.

"Most of those who attended were interested to learn more about the project. Many raised concerns but most went away reassured. Clearly there were one or two who would never be reassured.

"There were concerns about us going ahead with the consultation but we followed the guidelines and took expert legal advice. There will be statutory consultation next March/April and the planning application will go in this time next year.

"Unfortunately the pandemic has put everything back and there is still a lot of survey work to be carried out. It was due to take place just as we went into full lockdown and everything had to be put on hold."

Opponents of the 54 mega watt incinerator, which is planned for a site off Algores Way, staged protests outside each of the venues organised by the Wisbech Without Incinerator (WisWIN).

Virginia Bucknor, one of the leading members of WisWIN, blasted MVV and Mr Carey and said the firm's figures meant an average of less than 12 people turned up to each of the exhibitions.

She said fears over covid-19 had kept people away adding they had urged the company to reconsider holding the exhibitions in the current climate.

Mrs Bucknor also claimed that Mr Carey, who addressed protestors outside Wisbech St Mary's community centre, had failed to offer one benefit the incinerator would bring to the area.

To see the online exhibition or to comment visit MVV Environment's website.

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