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Novelist Jilly Cooper blasts incinerator as 'assault on rural heritage'

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

Jilly Cooper blasts incinerator plans

Jilly Cooper blasts incinerator plans

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Jilly Cooper is backing the fight against a proposed waste incinerator at Javelin Park.

Novelist Jilly, fashion designers Savannah Miller and Lulu Guinness, Ecotricity boss Dale Vince and Tom and Henry Herbert of the Fabulous Baker Boys are among the Gloucestershire celebrities backing the fight against the plan.

"To build a vast incinerator right on the edge of the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty, visible for miles around, represents an assault on our rural heritage," said Jilly.

Stroud mum and designer Savannah Miller said: "The proposed incinerator's monstrous proportions far exceed the need for our area. I am really frustrated that once again, common sense is being over ridden by corporate greed."

Gloucestershire County Council will decide planning permission for the Haresfield incinerator but has already awarded the 25-year incinerator contract to Ubaser Balfour Beatty.

The county council is likely to fork out a £15million penalty if it does not go ahead.

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  • Ladyview  |  February 06 2013, 4:18AM

    As much as I like Jilly Cooper, celeb name dropping won't help a fig, she should be speaking either for herself or all people of Glos. What is very serious is how on earth the Council were able to commit £15m of rate payers money without us knowing about it. The project will have to go ahead due to the penalty clause, we need an inquiry into how this happened and to stop it from happening again, the members of the committe involved should be voted off. I am not against the use of incinerators being used to burn all our rubbish, saving huge amounts of money spent by Councils to pay for the use of landfills. Germany and Mallorca have been using this system for many years, Mallorca have one outside of Palma with limited fumes, providing 25% of their electricity. They don't have bins for each house, they provide large ones at the end of each street which people dispose of rubbish each day then the bins are emptied each night then taken directly to the incinerator. Obviously the UK would need far more, allocate one to each county based on individual size. I have written several times over the last 10 years to main political parties suggesting they take a small work party to investigate how efficient it can be done. The use of incinerators is not if but when and how, the location could be on an industrial site. This will save a huge amount of money for councils enabling them to spend on repairing schools and in Glos on repairing the worst roads I have ever seen, most of all reduction on household bills. If enough people write to their MP requesting they speak on the subject in the House of Commons the Government should make a clear decision on the subject, stopping other members of the public being ripped of like the people of Glos.

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  • Aletheia  |  February 06 2013, 12:45AM

    What type of a council awards a massive contract with a £15 million penalty PRIOR TO GRANTING PLANNING CONSENT? That makes me very suspicious that they are either extremely incompetent or there is an element of corruption. By doing this, they are forcing this upon the public without the chance for them to raise a successful campaign against it because to do so and win would cause all that council tax payers money to be wasted. It is an absolute scandal. Perhaps the question should also be asked if councils ought to be able to approve their own planning applications as this opens the door to the possibility of extremely dodgy deals going on.

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  • Lecorche  |  February 05 2013, 7:57PM

    You can say that again,CTFCScout!

  • Bonkim2003  |  February 05 2013, 4:51PM

    Celebrity Support? Who cares!

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  • CTFCScout  |  February 05 2013, 3:52PM

    If it's already had a contract awarded, then what can be done? Plus it's £15m of our money,if the deal does not go through. The County Council has royally f---ed us all up big time.

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