More than 500 people marched through the streets of Corby on Saturday to voice their opposition to a controversial waste gasification plant which developers want to build.
Hundreds of residents from Corby and surrounding villages sang and chanted the words “Corby says No” – in opposition to the scheme for Gretton Brook Road.
The march proceeded through the streets before gathering at Corby Council’s headquarters at the Corby Cube.
Speeches were heard from Cllr Rob McKellar, who has led the campaign against the waste plant for the past two years, and from campaign group members and parliamentary candidates from several political parties.
Cllr McKellar, who represents Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall on Corby Council, told the crowd: “We are all here today to stand up for Corby and its surrounding villages.
“Some of us may call ourselves environmentalists, others conservationists and some just want to save our woodland and breathe clean air.
“But all of us have one thing in common. We are all fiercely proud of Corby.
“To those developers who wish to blight our home with these unwanted waste plants we say this: This is our home, our environment, our Corby and we will fight you every step of the way.
“Corby is not a dumping ground for the rest of Great Britain and we will never allow it to become one.”
The plans for the gasification plant have been created by Drenl.
The firm says the impact of their proposals is being exaggerated by protesters.
A spokesman for the firm said: “Given the facility’s size, we expect to receive 20 HGV deliveries a day, not the 500 per day as some people are falsely suggesting.”
Last month, Northamptonshire County Council approved an application for the extension on the distance from where waste can be brought into the Gretton Brook Road gasification plant.
Cllr McKellar says he has launched a legal challenge to the decision which he says is unlawful under national planning rules.
In December last year a proposed to build a separate waste plant on 120 acres of woodland at the Brookfield Plantation between Corby and Gretton was thrown out by Corby Council, but a new application is expected to be submitted.