Protest march over Corby gasification plant ruling

Protesters against the gasification plant planned for Corby gather outside Kettering Magistrates Court
Protesters against the gasification plant planned for Corby gather outside Kettering Magistrates Court

The fight to stop a waste plant being built in Corby is gathering momentum.

A protest march has been planned against the proposed gasification plant in Gretton Brook Road and a legal challenge has been started.

The march will take place on Saturday, April 18, and will leave from outside the Saxon Crown pub at midday. It will go past the Connaughty Centre before heading to Corby Cube, where the crowd will hear speeches by Cllr Rob McKellar and other members of the campaign group.

The protesters, who will wear something green on the day, have been angered by a county council decision to lift a ruling which stated wastecould only come from within a 30-mile radius of the plant

Cllr Rob McKellar, who led a successful campaign against waste plant proposals for the neighbouring Brookfield Plantation, is working with residents on a similar effort.

He said: “We will run an equally vocal campaign against the gasification plant. Our area already imports more waste than it exports which shows a lack of need for this kind of waste facility. Local people do not want it and we will fight hard to stop it.”

Sabrina Mape, Lee Forster and Corinna Milligan, all of Corby, are eligible for Legal Aid and have agreed to participate in a Judicial Review Claim being led by Cllr Rob McKellar against the plant. The claim will challenge the decision by the county council to extend the catchment area from which waste may be brought to the plant fto an area representing a 90-minute drive. If a court was to quash the council’s decision, the waste plant would no longer be financially viable and could be stopped.

Cllr McKellar has already served the preliminary documents on Northamptonshire County Council, and said: “The waste plant is completely unwanted and threatens to turn Corby and its surrounding villages into the nation’s dumping ground.

As the plant already has planning permission we cannot challenge it on planning grounds but a legal challenge is still an available option. The new catchment area is too vague to be able to be properly enforced and therefore falls foul of planning law.”

An online petition against the plant can be seen here.