Predictably, the County Council's Cabinet agreed to sign the contract with Urbaser Balfour Beatty today.
Refusing to heed any opposing views as ever, the Cabinet rolled over the recommendation by its own Environment Overview committee and voted in the usual way.
There was a great turn out of about 50 protesters outside the council offices, a sign of the opposition that has been growing very strongly indeed of late. Indeed, the councillors had to respond to a record 79 questions submitted ahead of the meeting, which took them about 2 hours.
In an illustration of the backwardness of the Cabinet's stance, when asked during the meeting whether plastics would be removed before incineration, "Waste Champion" Stan Waddington replied after a pause, "I don't think so".
This decision, however, by no means makes it a "done deal". Entering into the contract in this way is fairly typical of what has happended in other areas. Where other incinerators have been stopped it has generally been through the planning process, which is still ongoing and where GlosVAIN continues to focus.
The meeting and decision attracted much press coverage. See our Twitter feed for more details.
P.S.Don't forget our DVD launch in Stroud tomorrow (Thur 13th Sep) - all welcome.