Fears Desborough will become ‘dustbin of the region’

A balloon shows the height of the proposed gasifier's new 53-metre chimney

A balloon shows the height of the proposed gasifier's new 53-metre chimney

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Campaigners say they fear their town could become the dustbin of the East Midlands if plans for a waste incinerator are finalised.

They hope a public meeting will help drum up support for their campaign against plans for the project near a housing estate in Desborough.

The incinerator has been given planning permission for a site next to Magnetic Park in the town, but residents fear the project will be unsightly, will dramatically increase traffic and is a possible health risk.

Fresh Air Desborough, the group which has been set up to co-ordinate the fight against the plans, has encouraged members of the public to meet at the town’s leisure centre on Tuesday, March 26, as they seek to set up a judicial review into the decision to grant planning permission.

Alan Brooks, who is the vice-chairman of the group, said: “We really would like someone to stop this process and tell people what’s going on and help us get a fair hearing.

“It’s time to stop and think about what’s going into your back yard.”

The group’s treasurer, Tim Kay, said the protesters had appealed for a public inquiry into the matter, but their request was refused last year.

The incinerator has been designed to convert waste into energy, with those behind the incinerator plans saying there is no significant health risk.