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Incinerator News (of a sort)!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Clive

The incinerator has become the latest hot topic in this part of the world for many reasons… (Previous posts on this subjectJavelin Park – Latest).

One recently discussed article in the Stroud News & Journal stated:

Gloucestershire County Council’s own figures suggest the MAJORITY of waste due to be burnt in the Javelin Park incinerator will be recyclable, compostable or reusable.

The full article (here) goes on to explain:

On average, the report shows that 67 per cent of the black bag rubbish, also known as residual waste, collected by Gloucester City Council, Cotswold District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council is either recyclable, compostable or reusable.

Assuming a similar proportion of the residual waste collected by other local authorities in the county is recoverable, the report would suggest that a majority of the waste due to be burnt in the planned incinerator will in fact be recyclable, biodegradable or reusable.

So you’re saying that they will be burning black-bag-waste and because we don’t recycle properly, lots of recyclable waste will be burned!

I am against the incinerator for many reasons, but the argument that they will be burning recyclable waste because folks don’t bother to recycle properly doesn’t seem entirely relevant to me.

The Council are responsible in so much as they have failed to convince local people to recycle and of course we can argue that the system (especially here in Gloucester) is less than ideal (the recycle bins are horrible) but in reality my household throws away almost zero recyclable waste… We do have to run around a fair bit to deposit things like batteries, cardboard, clothes etc and the resulting storage means that my shed is now a large recycling plant and my tools live indoors, but it IS possible, (and the services are improving at the moment).

There are lots of valid reasons to oppose the incinerator, but this seems like a silly argument to me… If for no other reason than the fact that this particular problem can be solved (with or without the incinerator).

Javelin Park Incinerator: Latest

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Clive

I received the latest newsletter from Glosvain with the following news:

GlosVAIN AGM 3rd Dec’

GlosVAIN’s 2014 Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 3rd December at 7.30pm at Quedgeley Community Centre. Our chairperson, Sue Oppenheimer will be providing an update on the forthcoming Appeal decision. A great opportunity to get up to speed and to ask any questions you may have. All are welcome to attend.

Decision Due 22nd Dec’

Javelin Park Decision Delayed Twice… Now Due 22nd Dec’.

Following the completion of the Javelin Park Inquiry Hearing at the start of the year, the Inspector provided his report to the Secretary of State (SoS), Eric Pickles for a final decision. This decision was originally expected by 17th Sept’, but has since been delayed twice. It is now expected by 22nd Dec’ 2014.

Notification of the first delay to the decision was received on 16th September with the decision date being put back to 30th November. The reason cited for the delay was the receipt of a GlosVAIN letter sent to the SoS on 1st Aug’, which put forward new evidence. The delay allowed interested parties to comment on the new evidence:

• Planning permission given by GCC to Cory Environmental Ltd at Wingmoor Farm for new waste processing facilities – less waste for the incinerator.
• The latest report from consultants “Eunomia” reinforcing impending overcapacity of incinerators – again, no need for one in Gloucestershire.
• A recent National Audit Office report and a related Public Accounts Committee hearing where a number of incinerator applications were brought into real question.
• Eric Pickles’ recent refusal of the Hatfield incinerator application – situation in the Green Belt was key here and comparable to the Javelin Park site’s proximity to the Cotswolds AONB.

A second letter was then received from the SoS a month later on 16th October. This notified yet a further delay to the decision to 22nd December 2014 – the date we now await. This further delay allowed parties to comment on responses made by other parties, as well as to also consider the relevance to the case of the new planning policy and guidance on waste published by the Government on 16th Oct’.

GlosVAIN submitted further comment at each opportunity provided. We are pleased that the SoS deemed our further evidence significant enough to trigger these delays. We also see the new waste policy and guidance as potentially bringing some additional benefit to our cause.

The documents and letters referred to above, and others published since the end of the Inquiry in Feb’ 2014, are available to view on the Publications page of the GlosVAIN website.

Previous posts on this subject.


Kingsway Litter Pick (The Big Tidy Up)

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Clive

Following the 2013 Litter Pick organised by the Kingsway Residents Association, and having received many enquiries from local folk about a similar exercise, I am pleased to announce that the City Council is working with Quedgeley Parish Council to hold a litter picking event at Kingsway on Monday 27th October at 9:30am.

The event is known as the Big Tidy Up (part of a Keep Britain Tidy campaign), and we are asking for volunteers to join us.

We will meet at 9.30am at Kingsway Community Centre. We will provide high-vis tabards, litter pickers, gloves and bags, and will arrange for the bags to be collected after the event.

Kingsway Litter Pick 2014
If you wish to display a poster for the event, click on the picture for a printable (.pdf) copy.

Nearly New Sale

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by char_willson

We are holding a Nearly New Sale at the Quedgeley Community Centre on Saturday 15 March 2014, from 10am-12pm.

Baby, Toddler, Children’s Clothes, Toys and other equipment.

Free admission and parking

For details of how to book a table (£5 each) please contact Charlotte on totfest@rocketmail.com

All funds raised from table bookings will go towards supporting MU32U toddler and family activities in the local area.

Please see our Facebook Page [Editor: Page gone, link removed] for further details.

Keeping Your Brown Bin Clean

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 by penybont_bach

I see on the Gloucester City Council website that…

“You are now able to line your food caddy with a compostable or bio-degradable bag or liner such as a corn starch bag. Please note however, that crews will not empty food caddies that have been lined with a shopping bag or similar type liner as this is not compostable or bio-degradable. For further information and advice please contact us at heretohelp@gloucester.gov.uk or 01452 396396.”

That will help with keeping the bin clean in the summer…

Javelin Park Incinerator

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by barker77

Here is a copy and paste from a recent email from Glosvain if you are interested in fighting against the incinerator in Javelin Park.

The fight against the Javelin Park Incinerator goes on

A 5-week long Public Inquiry into the Javelin Park Incinerator application has been agreed and will start on 19th November. An Inspector has been appointed to hear the case.   We now urgently need your support again.  You can be part of the Inquiry and help make sure that this application is thrown out for good by taking the following actions:


Please write again saying why you object to this Incinerator by 3rd Sept’ to: Helen Skinner, Case Officer (Quoting ref.: APP/T1600/A/13/2200210)
Email:  Helen.skinner@pins.gsi.gov.uk   OR
Send To: The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/02, Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Your original planning objection will be forwarded to the Inspector, but this is your chance to add more views about why this incinerator should be stopped.

Please copy us in on your written representation/submission by emailing pr@glosvain.inf. You can also contact us by email if you would like help with your submission.


There will be a special Public Session when members of the public can speak at the Inquiry.  We hope that as many of you as possible will chose to do this.  Please write to Helen Skinner (contact info above) to register your interest, and please let us know too at pr@glosvain.info.

While there is no deadline for this, it would be helpful if you can do it as soon as possible.

If you are unable to attend in the day time, NOTIFY THE CASE OFFICER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE AN EVENING INQUIRY, if sufficient residents request this, one (or more) is usually arranged.


Can you help deliver or hand out leaflets in your area? Do you have any ideas on how to raise public awareness about the incinerator and the Public Inquiry?

If yes, do please email: Diana.Shirley@virgin.net  (or tel': 01452 810979)

4. Finally: MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!

Glosvain needs to raise at least £25,000.00 to cover Inquiry costs for their Advocate and witness etc. The good news is that we have already received over £7,000 in the last couple of weeks so we’re over a quarter of the way there!  Please help the campaign and make a donation:

  • By Paypal via the Glosvain websitewww.glosvain.info OR
  • By Bank Transfer to Gloucestershire Vale Against Incineration: A/C:41283111, Sort Code:40-43-42, OR
  • By Cheque made payable to “Gloucestershire Vale Against Incineration”. Please send to: FAO Graham Smith, Quedgeley Parish Council, 9C The Old School House, School Lane, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 4PJ.

Many, many thanks to all the supporters who have already sent donations.


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