Protesters fighting radioactive waste tip plans call for support

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PROTESTERS fighting against plans to bury radioactive waste at a tip are asking people from surrounding areas to join their campaign.

Local Democracy in Action is campaigning against waste company Augean’s plans to bury low level waste at its King’s Cliffe site.

Referendums are being held in 14 villages around the area to send a message to Local Government minister Eric Pickles before he makes a decision on the application in May.

Group member Maggie Scott approached Stamford Town Council on Tuesday to ask for their support by writing to MP Nick Boles. Members have agreed to write to letters to Mr Boles and Mr Pickles.

She is also urging people in Rutland and Stamford to send in letters to their MP, either Mr Boles or Alan Duncan.

She said: “We want people power here.

“I would like everyone, if they can, to write to their MP or contact their parish council. The more names we can have the better.”

Parish councils in Easton-on-the-Hill, Collyweston, King’s Cliffe, Apethorpe, Duddington, Bulwick, Laxton, Fotheringhay, Yarwell, Nassington, Harringworth and Wakerley have held emergency meetings to vote in favour of holding a referendum in each of the villages on April 7.

Barrowden will hold a parish poll over three days and Tixover residents are sending in their responses to parish meeting chairman Tony Slipper.

A statement from Augean says: “During the planning process of consultation, submission, determination, subsequent appeal and inquiry, Augean have been participants in the democratic process.

“The rigorous nature of the inquiry in particular has meant that all of our evidence in support of our proposals has undergone close scrutiny.

“We feel that we have ably demonstrated that our application has been based on sound scientific and planning policy grounds. All technical and scientific bodies that were consulted had no objection to the proposals.”