‘It is vital people join the fight’ say campaigners ahead of next rally

Anti incinerator protests in wisbech

Mayor Dr Nik Johnson will support the anti-incinerator movement in Wisbech later this month by attending a rally in the town. His support follows a massive campaign to stop the mega incinerator being built here. - Credit: Archant

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be among guest speakers at an anti-incinerator rally in Wisbech at the end of the month.

Dr Nik Johnson will join Wisbech Without Incineration (WisWIN) as it continues to fight MVV Environment’s plans to build a £300m mega incinerator on Algores Way, in Wisbech.

The group are responsible for the "No Mega Incinerator in Wisbech” banners placed around the town and surrounding area.

It has also coordinated numerous protests since the proposals were first revealed around 18 months ago.

And their next rally is planned for Sunday, June 27 at 3pm at Wisbech Market Place.

Organisers will be following the latest coronavirus guidance issued by the government leading up to the event.

Ginny Bucknor, spokesperson for WisWIN, said: “It is vital people the join the fight and show their support.

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"The company involved in the application have not yet submitted their planning application. This will happen in the autumn.

“In the meantime, we really need people to put our posters in their windows or banners up at their businesses or properties in and around Wisbech.

“We need to send a clear message to those involved in the project that this community does not want it."

Posters will be available at the rally.

Alan James, Chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England will also speak at the event.

Bill Redmayne, former Rotary District Governor of East Anglia, has confirmed his attendance.

While Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, has publicly opposed the scheme, he has told organisers he is unavailable.

This latest rally coincides with when MVV Environment is due to launch its statutory consultation on the project.

Known as the Medworth Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Facility, the incinerator is expected to create 40 jobs.

It will make electricity by burning non-recycled waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

Earlier proposals revealed the chimney would likely be around 95 metres high – taller than the spire of Ely Cathedral.

There are also concerns up to 300 lorries will transport rubbish to the facility every day.