Press Release: WBAGI delighted that Grundon will not pursue the building of a proposed waste incinerator

PRESS RELEASE

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WBAGI delighted that Grundon will not pursue the building of a proposed waste incinerator at Old Kiln Farm near Newbury

Tuesday, 27 November 2012: Curridge, Berkshire:-

Yesterday Grundon publicly stated they will NOT be pursuing the building of a waste incinerator at Old Kiln Farm, but will instead at this time be pursuing opportunities and investments in other parts of the UK and abroad.

The campaign group, West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI), who oppose the building of a waste incinerator by Grundon on a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Old Kiln Farm, near Newbury are delighted.

Simon Conington, Chair of WBAGI states: "We are delighted with this news and truly believe that this illustrates just what is possible when a community works together. WBAGI has always stated that we were prepared to go all the way to a Public Inquiry and Judicial Review if necessary. We demonstrated that recently with the Public Inquiry Appeal for Grundon to extend their quarrying activities at Old Kiln Farm, which the Planning Inspectorate recently refused. I am sure this will have had a significant impact upon Grundon’s decision not to pursue the waste incinerator planning at Old Kiln Farm.  Grundon are in breach of their planning conditions having failed to restore the Old Kiln Farm site back to agriculture and woodland by April 2010.  WBAGI’s job will not be complete until this is achieved, Grundon have left the site and access to the AONB is resumed.

The building of a waste incinerator on an AONB was always an inappropriate development in WBAGI’s view, and we have done everything within our power to ensure its protection for this and future generations.  WBAGI would like to say a very big thank you to the public and local community for all their support throughout our campaign.  This is definitely a people’s victory."

WBAGI as a group will remain in place certainly for the next 12 months to ensure the necessary follow up actions are taken and be ready if necessary to take any appropriate action.

About WBAGI

West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI) was formed in response to an initial scoping document submitted to West Berkshire Council by Grundon, ahead of the 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 planning  proposal and want to ensure sufficient consideration is taken in the decision making process of such a significant facility.