Bid to halt Desborough waste incinerator plan

An artist's impression of the proposed incinerator at Magnetic Park, Desborough
An artist's impression of the proposed incinerator at Magnetic Park, Desborough

Campaigners battling plans for a waste incinerator in Desborough are trying to raise £11,000 to fund a judicial review in a bid to put the brakes on the scheme.

Fresh Air Desborough believe that the incinerator, which was granted planning permission by Northamptonshire County Council last year and which will be built in Magnetic Park on the town’s outskirts, will cause traffic and health problems.

The campaign group strongly opposed the plans and were denied a request for a planning inquiry.

However, they now hope they can overturn the planning permission through a judicial review.

Fresh Air Desborough chairman Alan Brooks, said the scheme, along with plans for a rubbish recovery plant in Corby and an existing anaerobic digester in Rothwell, were turning the area into the “dustbin of the county”.

He added: “It’s time to stop and think about what’s going on in our area. This is a serious issue.”

The £11,000 target will pay for the initial stages of the judicial review.

For information about the campaign and to make a donation to Fresh Air Desborough, visit www.freshairdesborough.org.uk.

The group is also hosting a fundraising teddy bears picnic event on the Millennium Green in Desborough, near St Giles’ Church, between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday, September 1.

Tickets are £2.50 per adult, or free for children.