Augean given permission to dump nuclear waste at King’s Cliffe site

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A GOVERNMENT minister has ruled that radioactive waste can be dumped at a site in King’s Cliffe.

The minister for communities and local Government, Eric Pickles, has given permission to Augean to dispose of low-level waste at its soil treatment plant in the village.

The plans were refused by Northamptonshire County Council and taken to a public inquiry by the firm in November last year.

In a referendum carried out in neighbouring villages, 98 per cent of the people who voted were against the proposals.

A spokesman for communities and local government said: “This is an existing landfill site which handles hazardous waste. Having considered all the evidence and representations, the minister has accepted the expert planning advice that granting a temporary planning permission for additional waste would not be harmful to the local community.

“The decision took account of the detailed findings of the planning inspector who held a public local inquiry open and transparent to the public.”

A King’s Cliffe Waste Watchers campaign group had been formed to fight the application.

The group’s website says: “Our initial reaction is one of surprise and disappointment that the wishes of local people appear to have been ignored, especially by a Secretary of State who has firmly declared his support for local democratic decision-making.”