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Write now if you object to Wisbech incinerator plea




Campaigners fighting a planned 54megawatt incinerator in Wisbech are urging residents to put pen to paper and object before the deadline this Friday.

Virginia Bucknor, one of the leaders of the battle group, Wisbech Without Incineration (WisWIN), said: "The deadline for people to make their objections is this Friday (13). This can be done anyone and WisWIN is hoping that as many people as possible take the time to write in with their views.

"Many people across the political spectrum, including local politicians have all objected.

Virginia Bucknor, leader of the campaign group WisWin, is urging people to write their objections before the deadline this Friday (13).
Virginia Bucknor, leader of the campaign group WisWin, is urging people to write their objections before the deadline this Friday (13).

"The new Cambridgeshire Mayor Dr Nik Johnson has voiced his concerns, our MP Steve Barclay has also spoken out against it and all three tiers of local government, the town, district and county councils, have all passed motions opposing MVV's plans.

"But it is important that as many individuals as possible write in and objects whether they are a resident of Wisbech or one of the surrounding villages, as everyone's views are important too.

"Any objections should be set to: medworth@mvuk.co.uk and should be headed Wisbech-Medworth EN010110."

Meanwhile officials in West Norfolk have voiced concerns about how the potential impact of the proposed incinerator because of its proximity to the borough.

The blue building is what the proposed incinerator will look like alongside the existing cold store. (50045356)
The blue building is what the proposed incinerator will look like alongside the existing cold store. (50045356)

A special meeting of the borough council’s planning committee will take place later this week to examine the proposal for land off Algores Way.

The authority has already expressed “in principle” opposition to the scheme, after a motion against it received near-unanimous support in February.

And a report to be presented to the special session this Friday - the final day of the consultation - has advised members to restate its concerns.

Campaign group WisWIN is warning objections to the proposed Wisbech incinerator need to be submitted by this Friday (13). Photos: WisWin/Ginny Bucknor/Damian Pearl
Campaign group WisWIN is warning objections to the proposed Wisbech incinerator need to be submitted by this Friday (13). Photos: WisWin/Ginny Bucknor/Damian Pearl

It said: “It is important to take this consultation opportunity to provide the applicant with a clear position statement on the borough council’s wider community view on the proposed development, reflecting the council motion.”

he scheme is considered to be nationally significant because it would have a capacity of above 50 megawatts.

But environmental campaigners have warned that emissions from the site would drift into the borough on prevailing winds, even though the company insists the plan would comply with European air quality standards.

And the council report has questioned why the potential impact on existing air quality management areas in King's Lynn was not considered.

Although the town falls outside the 15 kilometre radius of an emissions study area envisaged as part of the requirements of securing an environmental permit for the plant, the council says it had already raised the issue with the developer.

The report added: “We asked for a statement as to why they have not been considered further and scoped out. We can find no reference within the EIPR (the developer’s preliminary environmental report) and ask again that a reason is provided as to why they have not been included.

“Air quality monitoring data is available for the BCKLWN area, within the study area, and this should be considered.”

The report also criticised the lack of a heritage assessment on buildings at Oxburgh Hall, which it says were identified as the nearest heritage assets which might be affected by the grid connection element of the scheme.

It said: “Whilst the impact may be potentially low, this should have been covered. This is of concern.”



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