Corby man’s protest at waste plant decision

Lee Forster's peaceful protest at the site of a proposed waste recycling plant in Gretton Brook Road, Corby
Lee Forster's peaceful protest at the site of a proposed waste recycling plant in Gretton Brook Road, Corby

A Corby man has begun camping outside the site of a proposed waste recycling plant following a decision which makes its construction more likely.

Councillors on Northamptonshire County Council’s development control committee granted Drenl, the company behind the planned site in Gretton Brook Road, permission to collect waste from anywhere outside London within 90 minutes’ drive of Corby.

The plant was originally granted planning permission on the basis waste was collected from within a 30-mile radius of Corby.

Now Lee Forster, who lives a 10-minute walk away from the proposed plant, has started a peaceful protest and is camping out at the site to try and stop any building work.

His partner Carinna Milligan said: “He is willing to stay there for as long as it takes.

“People have already dropped by and offered him sandwiches and he is happy for anyone to join him.”

Corby Council has already voiced its opposition to the proposed extension of the catchment area, which Drenl said was necessary to make the plant viable.

Commenting on Tuesday’s decision, the leader of Corby Council, Tom Beattie, said: “We are extremely disappointed with the decision made at County Hall.

“The people of Corby have strongly voiced their opinions and made it clear that we do not want to be used as a dumping ground for the rest of the country’s waste, but sadly we are now left feeling that we have been ignored.

“The people of Corby deserve more than this and we will now look at the options open to us following this decision.”

Drenl executive chairman James Brathwaite said: “Rest assured, it is our wish to source the waste for our facility from as near as possible to Gretton Brook; it makes obvious business sense and it’s an important point that has been overlooked by some.

“Our scheme will help Northamptonshire move away from landfilling its waste.”

“Subject to financing, it is our intention to start construction before the end of the year, with the facility likely to enter operation some time in 2017.

“Construction is likely to take about two years.”