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Cambridgeshire County Councillors take fact finding mission to Wisbech over planned incinerator



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Leading Cambridgeshire County Councillors took a fact finding mission to Wisbech this week to find out more about objections to a planned incinerator.

Council leader Lucy Nethsingha and fellow county councillor Lorna Dupré, who is also leader of the Liberal Democrats in neighbouring East Cambs met with members of the Wisbech Without Incineration (WisWIN) campaign .

Leading members of the group Virginia and Michael Bucknor together with other campaigners met the county councillors and took them on a tour of the town.

Cambridgeshire county Councillors met with members of WisWIN to hear first hand their objections to an incinerator in Wisbech. (55662516)
Cambridgeshire county Councillors met with members of WisWIN to hear first hand their objections to an incinerator in Wisbech. (55662516)

In convoy the pair were led to proposed location of where German-based MVV Environment Ltd want to build a 54 megawatt waste incinderator at the bottom of New Drove.

Campaigners pointed out the proposed facility's close proximity to a host of neighbouring businesses, and no more than 750 metres from Thomas Clarkson Academy, the largest school in Wisbech.

Back in the offices of nearby WEP Fabrications, the councillors discussed the issues raised by the campaign team. The traffic impact, with hundred of HGVs bringing large loads of waste and removing the resulting material.

The proximity to local industry, including many dealing in foodstuffs for whom an incinerator would be a significant challenge.

The potential loss of local jobs and businesses and the damage to Wisbech’s economy. The dominance of the incinerator chimneys, potentially twenty-five metres higher than Ely Cathedral.

The application is not one which the council, either district or county, will decide. That will be down to the Planning Inspectorate, with local county and district councils only consultees rather than decision-makers.

There have been accusations that MVV have deliberated proposed a project so large it can only be dealt with at Government level to deliberately avoid local opposition.

Councillor Dupréaid after the meeting: "It’s clearly a major concern for the campaigners."



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