In the 12 September 2009 edition of The Bucks Herald we read the following report of the march through the town centre:

26,000 say no, no, no to incinerator in Aylesbury Vale

A protest in Aylesbury passed peacefully through the town earlier today. About 200 people converged in Kingsbury before heading to Buckinghamshire County Council’s headquarters to have their voices heard over incinerator plans.

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Almost 26,000 people have signed petitions organised by campaign group Stop Aylesbury Vale Incineration (SAVI) against plans for an energy from waste facility.

Visit http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/STOPAVI/ and add your name to the petition

The Bucks Herald article continues:

Addressed by Helen Howard before the group handed over boxes from parishes throughout the Vale, she said their campaign was not about NIMBYism, but about fighting incinerators anywhere in the country.

The group was formed ahead of Bucks County Council’s decision, due on Monday, when they will announce their preferred location for a facility that will deal with up to 300,000 tonnes of waste every year.

There are two bidders left in the running for the contract, one is based at Calvert to be run by WRG and the other is for Violia in Bedfordshire.

The crowd brought Aylesbury town centre to a standstill with their chants of “26,000 say no, no, no.”

John Bercow, MP for Buckingham and Commons speaker, was unable to attend the rally because the date had been changed due to BCC bringing the decision date forward. However, he wrote to SAVI saying:

I have corresponded with the county council on your behalf. I have written to every member of the county council cabinet to counsel them against lumbering local people with such a facility. I have met the cabinet member responsible for this subject and underlined to him in the most robust possible terms why local people should not have to suffer this unwanted burden and hazard. It threatens to damage our environment. It threatens to add hugely to traffic congestion and the incidence of noise. It threatens to pose a risk to human health. It threatens to make a landscape that is beautiful at present ugly in the future. It threatens to cost taxpayers dear and reduce our quality of life in the process.

Visit the SAVI website for the latest

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