CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build an incinerator in south Oxfordshire held a demonstration at the first meeting of the new Oxfordshire County Council on Tuesday.
The protesters were calling on the county council to re-examine its decision to dispose of the county’s waste with a £100m EFW (Energy from Waste) incinerator at either Sutton Courtenay or Ardley, near Bicester.
Residents argue the incinerator, which would burn up to 300,000 tonnes of rubbish a year, could be a health hazard, and want the newly-elected council to reconsider its decision.
Chris Owen, from Appleford, said: We were there to remind the council, and especially its 17 new members, of the growing shift of opinion against incineration, shown in Oxfordshire by the way that four district level councils, 30 parish councils and 20,000 petitioners are objecting to the executive’s proposals.
“MP Ed Vaizey has urged them to think again and we wanted to renew the challenge that we made before the election that they should commission a detailed analysis of the alternatives, which we believe are less expensive, present fewer potential health risks and are significantly less harmful to the environment.
“The council must pay more attention to the views of local people and set up an independent review before going any further”
Cherwell District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have both come out against incinerators being built in their areas.
An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said a decision about the proposed incinerator would be made in “due course”
“There are meetings of the planning and regulation committee every month and this application could go to any one of these,” added the spokesperson.
by RIC SUMNER (Oxford Times)