Press Release: WBAGI "Party in the Park" on Sunday 3 July 2011 is hailed a resounding success.


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West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI) "Party in the Park" on Sunday 3 July 2011 is hailed a resounding success

Monday, 4th July 2011:  Curridge, Berkshire:-

The Party in the Park on Sunday, 3 July which is the largest fund raising event WBAGI have run so far was a resounding success. Over 800 people attended the event at Chieveley Recreation Park and the group managed to generate nearly £10,000, a significant sum of money to support their fighting fund.

It was a real family event with grandparents, children and grandchildren all enjoying the fabulous friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the superb range of locally sourced food and musical talent which provided something for everyone.

There was a lot to keep the children amused, anything from horse and carriage rides to bouncy castles and inflatable slides, gladiator style competition games, to Reading Football Club providing a penalty shoot out competition.  Whilst Mum and Dad and Grandparents could shop amongst the stalls selling a range of goods and of course visit the beer, wine and Pimms tents.

"We were thrilled by the number of supporters and media who came to the event and everyone had a great fun afternoon whilst we raised vital funds to help our fight against Grundon and their proposed 350,000 tonnes waste incinerator in an area of outstanding natural beauty at Old Kiln Farm in Curridge/Chieveley.  It was great to see families both young and old all appreciating the event and enjoying the countryside and giving us their support.  The musical acts performing were superb and many people commented on the quality of the performers.  We feel sure you will see and hear a lot more from some of these acts as they make their bid for stardom which is sure to come," stated Nicky Ager, event organiser and WBAGI Chieveley village rep.

"What an amazing event, and everyone was asking us if we would make this an annual occasion.  We fully expect to be in this for the long haul as we are sure Grundon will not go away easily and we are prepared if necessary to take this to judicial review, so who knows we may well repeat this event again next year!", stated Simon Conington, Vice Chair WBAGI.

The day was made even more poignant by Grundon stating to the BBC that they were in the final stages of preparing their full planning application for the waste incinerator and would be looking to submit it within the next few weeks.

West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI) has been formed in response to an initial scoping document submitted to West Berkshire Council by Grundon, ahead of a potential planning application to build an Energy from Waste incinerator in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Group consists entirely of local residents who share a common concern over the potential planning  proposal and want to ensure sufficient consideration is taken in the decision making process of such a significant facility.