Campaigners against the King’s Cliffe waste site to speak out

Kings Cliffe villagers march in protest at radio active waste being dumped at a nearby landfill site

Kings Cliffe villagers march in protest at radio active waste being dumped at a nearby landfill site

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Residents of King’s Cliffe and surrounding villages are set to attend the meeting of Northamptonshire County Council’s Development Control Committee on Tuesday (July 24) to speak out against a recommendation by council officers not to object to plans to extend nuclear waste dumping at the site until 2026.

Waste company Augean has submitted an application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission which would see the King’s Cliffe landfill nearly doubled in size, with continued disposal of both hazardous and low level nuclear waste.

Councillors are set to discuss a Local Impact Report which will recommend no objection to the plans.

In March 2010 the committee refused planning consent for Augean to dispose of LLW at the site, as it had done previously with hazardous waste disposal.

Both decisions were later overturned by the Secretary of State following appeals.

Local residents and members of the group Wastewatchers fought against the previous applications, and they intend to keep up the pressure against the extension plans.

Chris Leuchars, from Wastewatchers, said: “We will speak up at this meeting to show councillors that we support their previous courageous stand, and that we are still strongly against this type of waste coming to the area.

“For councillors to resolve not to object when there has been no change in waste policy would represent an extraordinary turnaround, and would appear to invalidate their previous decision.”