Waste plant protesters organise Corby march

Brookfield Plantation
Brookfield Plantation

People from Corby and the surrounding villages will show their opposition to controversial plans to build a waste plant between Corby and Gretton on Saturday (April 13).

The protesters will meet outside the Connaughty Centre in Cottingham Road, Corby, at 10am and march up George Street to Corby Cube in opposition to plans for a waste plant which developers are proposing to build on the Brookfield Plantation between Corby and Gretton.

The planning application was submitted to Corby Council in December and is under consideration.

The protesters, who will wear something green to represent the 43 acres of woodland they claim will be destroyed if the proposal goes ahead, plan to present a petition against the waste plant to councillors attending Corby Council’s Saturday morning surgery.

Corby Against Rubbish Recovery Plant (CARRP) says that the odours, smells and flies that the waste plant will produce will have a severe impact on the lives of people living in Corby and its surrounding villages, and that the plant will cause an extra 1,000 lorries to travel on Corby’s roads every day.

The group has also expressed concerns about the fate of the numerous animal species which live on the proposed site.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition opposing the plans and Corby Council has received more than 250 formal objections to the planning application, including from Gretton, Weldon, Rockingham and Harringworth parish councils, Rutland County Council, the National Grid and the Health and Safety Executive.

Concerns have also been expressed by the Wildlife Trust, English Heritage and Corby Council’s Local Plan Section.

Cllr Rob McKellar, who represents the Weldon and Gretton ward on Corby Council, said: “The protest will be a peaceful march to demonstrate to councillors sitting on the Development Control Committee that local people are opposed to the waste plant proposals and to raise awareness of the issue ahead of the council’s decision being made.

“If the waste plant is allowed to go ahead, it will be bad for the people I represent in Gretton, Weldon and Priors Hall, but also for people living right across Corby and its surrounding villages.”

Councillors are expected to debate the proposals soon.