Press Release: WBAGI Petition to be presented to West Berkshire Council Executive Committee


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WBAGI Petition to be presented to West Berkshire Council Executive Committee on Tuesday, 25 October 2011.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011:  Curridge, Berkshire:-
West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI) have asked Hilary Cole ward member for Chieveley to present on their behalf the petition of signatures against the proposed building by Grundon of a waste incinerator at Old Kiln Farm, near Newbury on a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The petition will be presented this evening to the Executive Committee of the Council who will convene at a public meeting in the Council Chambers at 6.30p.m.  It is anticipated that the petition will comprise around 2,000 signatures from a wide range of villages surrounding Newbury.  Signatures have been collected from Curridge, Chieveley, Yattendon, Hampstead Norreys, Winterbourne, Oare, Hermitage, Shaw, Donnington, Peasemore, Leckhampstead, Beedon, Lambourn, Compton, Snelsmore, Cold Ash, Ashmore Green, Bucklebury, Bradfield, Stanford Dingley, Boxford, Headley, Baughurst, Brimpton, Woolhampton, Sonning Common, Inkpen, Highclere, Hungerford, Marlborough, Thatcham and Newbury.
Grundon recently held a Community Information Day on 20 October 2011 where they announced some revisions to their waste incinerator proposals.  They are now proposing a 250,000 tonnes per annum waste incinerator where previously it was to be 350,000 tonnes.  The proposals will now comprise 2 x 75m high chimneys, 1 x 45m high building and 2 x 21m high buildings which will be serviced with approximately 156 lorry movements per day.  The overall footprint of the proposed waste incinerator however has not changed meaning capacity could easily be increased in the future.
Simon Conington, Chair of WBAGI states "Despite assurances from Grundon that the planning application would be submitted by the time of the Grundon Community Information event it was not.  Grundon have told us the delay is due to Fairhurst Estates the land owner of Old Kiln Farm and that it should be with the council in a couple of weeks time.  Their revised plans now show a 250,000 tonnes per year of waste to be incinerated but when questioned it appears it could still process potentially 350,000 tonnes of waste.  With the imminent submission of the planning application the Executive Council Members meeting seemed an appropriate time for us to present West Berkshire District Council with our petition to show the level of concern this proposal is causing to a wide number of villages throughout West Berkshire."
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.