District council votes to reject Bilsthorpe incinerator plans

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A campaign to prevent an incinerator being built next in a village has taken another step forward after district council planners voted unanimously to reject the plans.

The landslide decision was taken by the planning committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council in opposition to the plans for the plant at Bilsthorpe Business Park, off Eakring Road.

The councillors have now written a letter to Nottinghamshire County Council stressing their views on the controversial plans.

Chairman of the district council’s planning committee, Coun David Payne, said: “It was a unanimous decision, there are just too many questions and just not enough answers.

“We do not know where the waste is going to come from.

“If we have any waste disposal site you are always going to get locals objecting to it, but the principal reason is that it’s not part of the Nottinghamshire waste disposal programme, that’s what we found most disturbing,

“If it’s not going to be waste from Nottinghamshire, where will it be coming from?”

The final decision on whether the plant will be given the green light lies with Nottinghamshire County Council, but the news of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s opposition to the plans has been welcomed by locals, who themselves have been tirelessly campaigning.

Calling themselves RAGE (Residents Against Gasification Experiment), they have said the plant would be an ‘industrial monstrosity’, and they have regularly criticised 
the applicant, Peel Environment, who had attempted to appease the locals by saying up to 46 jobs will be created.

A spokesman for the group told Chad: “RAGE committee members are overjoyed by Newark and Sherwood Council’s unanimous objection to the plans to build an incinerator in Bilsthorpe.

“This objection will now be taken into consideration when Nottinghamshire County Council discuss the proposal.

“Thanks to all who have supported the campaign so far.”

The issue will be discussed at a meeting by Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, 21st October, at Rufford Country Park starting at 2pm.

RAGE has been granted 10 minutes to speak out against the proposals at the meeting, as has the national campaigning group, UKWIN (United Kingdom Without Incineration Network).

People are being urged to attend to show support against the plans.