Somercotes incinerator campaigners fight on

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build an £8m waste incinerator in Somercotes turned out in force for a protest march on Saturday.

Members of Amber Valley Against Incinerators (AVAIN) showed their opposition to the incinerator by marching to the proposed site at Pye Bridge Industrial Estate.

The group, which was joined by Nottinghamshire county councillor Gail Turner and more than 100 residents from Alfreton, Selston, Ironville and Jacksdale, believe the power plant will increase pollution and impact on the health of children and adults.

AVAIN chairman Simon Lee thanked residents for backing the protest walk and urged folk to keep fighting the controversial plans which were submitted to Derbyshire County Council by developers Warwick Ltd last year.

“We need to keep up this fight for as long as it takes as many people still think this proposal is a done deal,” he said.

AVAIN will continue to lobby Derbyshire County Council and will be organising another protest when the matter comes before the authority’s planning committee later this year.

A 75-page document containing the research undertaken by AVAIN is available at www.avain.org.uk.