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The campaign against an incinerator for Wisbech was taken up another notch - with protesters’ views aired loud and clear in Westminster.

With plans progressing to build a 54 megawatt incinerator near Algores Way in Wisbech, WisWIN campaigners made the journey to London last week to spread awareness about their fight.

The incinerator is planned to be in excess of 50MW so it is not up to the district or county councils to decide whether or not it gets the go-ahead.

WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054557)
WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054557)

Those who made the trip down met with the likes of House of Lords member Lady Jenny Jones, North East Cambridgeshire MP Stephen Barclay and King’s Lynn MP James Wild.

Virginia Bucknor, who is one of those spear-heading the fight against its construction, said: “We went to try and raise awareness to as many MPs as we could.

“Although nobody has a say here, we’re obviously making a very loud say about it. That’s why we went to London on Wednesday - to highlight the issues and to make formal people aware of it.

WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054407)
WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054407)

“There are incinerator plans all over the country, and there isn’t one as big as this. We’re a tiny little market town, and the worst thing is we don’t even have a dual carriageway. We’ve only got 100 yards.

“We had people from the Edmonton campaign come and chat to us, because they’re in a terrible situation too. But it’s nothing compared to ours!

“We gave Steve Barclay another 1,500 signatures. People have signed ours when we’ve been at fetes, when we’ve been at Tesco and that sort of thing.

WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054418)
WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054418)

“We presented that to him so that people who haven’t had a voice, people who haven’t been able to sign a petition, they can have a voice on it too.”

Virginia believes the incinerator will have a negative impact on Wisbech, and says campaigners are not prepared to give up without a fight.

“Even though we’re a deprived area, where most incinerators are built, we are definitely not a walkover,” she said.

WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054409)
WisWin protesters at Parliament to meet Steve Barclay to present him with a petition regarding the Wisbech Incinerator. (51054409)

“We are making a lot of noise all the time so they know we are not going away.

“We’ve got banners all over the place, all over Wisbech, because the businesses and residents do not want it.

“It makes a mockery of the UK’s attempts to reduce carbon emissions.”

The incinerator planned for Wisbech would supposedly be one of the largest in Europe, and Virginia says it would require approximately 369 lorries to move in and out of the area every day.

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