Rallying cry for protest against Wisbech incinerator this Sunday
Campaigners hoping that the threat of Storm Dennis this weekend will not put pay to plans for a mass rally against a planned waste incinerator for Wisbech.
Organisers of the Wisbech Without Incineration WISWin campaign are calling on people from across the district to join them on Wisbech Market Place this Sunday at 2.30pm to show public opposition to the plans by MVV Environment Ltd.
However, the threat of a second weekend of stormy weather could see their hopes of a mass protest blown away.
Virginia Bucknor, who together with husband Michael, is spearheading the WISWin campaign, said: "We want as many people as possible to turn out on Sunday. We need to send a strong message to the firm behind these horrifying plans. This will not just affect Wisbech, it will affect the whole area including the villages and parishes, so everyone who is concerned about this mega incinerator should come along on Sunday.
"However, there is a severe weather warning, and we are expecting Storm Dennis to blow in tomorrow and hang around until Sunday - bad weather could see us forced to postpone the rally. We will be taking a decision one-way or the other tomorrow (Saturday) and 12pm and will be posting it on our WISWin Facebook page, so we advise everyone to check that before turning out."
In the meantime the campaign group have had special placards made for people to wave at Sunday's event and have also had several giant signs printed to put up at prime locations around Wisbech.
The first of these went up this morning (Friday), outside the home of one of the campaign's supporters in Weasenham Lane. The site for the proposed 50 megawatt incinerator is off Algores Way, so Weasenham Lane will be one of the main area's affected by its presence.
The huge sign aims to raise awareness and gather essential public support for the campaign.
Local MP Steve Barclay has spoken strongly against MVV's proposals and has said he will be working with local political leaders, including Wisbech Town Council, to fight the scheme, which he says is "deeply flawed".