Augean to hold open day at waste site in King’s Cliffe

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A WASTE management company is holding an open day to help ease the fears of residents who have campaigned against its expansion plans.

Augean has secured planning permission to dump low level radioactive waste at the site in King’s Cliffe and now hopes to expand its landfill area for soil treatment and extend its operating licence from 2013 to 2026.

Campaigners are hoping to overturn the Government ruling on the radioactive waste and will be meeting to launch a campaign against the latest expansion plans.

Augean’s group technical director, Dr Gene Wilson, said: “Following the Secretary of State’s recent decision it is perhaps more important than ever that all local communities in the area around the site gain an insight into how the site is operated.

“We recognise the nature of Augean’s business and the waste managed here can be of concern to people living or working in this area but we feel by visiting the site many local people would feel reassured to know it is well managed and fulfils all of the obligations of the permits it operates under.”

The open day takes place tomorrow from 11am until 3pm at the Augean site in Stamford Road, King’s Cliffe. It will include tours of the site and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

But despite the company’s efforts to reassure the public about its expansion plans, two local groups have already planned meetings to launch new protests.

Members of Local Democracy in Action will meet at the Collyweston Slater at 7.30pm on Monday to discuss the plans to extend the site by 70 acres and continue working there until 2026.

On Sunday King’s Cliffe Waste Watchers will meet at the village hall from 11am to plan their campaign.

Group member Clare Langan said: “If they expect us to roll over and meekly accept this situation, they had better think again.

“I would encourage local residents to go along to the open day and ask questions about the latest plans. It has come as a rude awakening to people who were expecting the site to close in 2013.”

Augean intends to submit its planning application to East Northamptonshire Council in September.