posted 27 Jul 2013, 13:54 by GlosVAIN Campaign
Our Advocate and Expert
Witnesses are going to cost a lot of money. The more qualified our
Expert Witnesses are the more credibility they will have at the
Inquiry. We estimate that we need to
raise at least £25,000. So
if you have any ideas on how to raise funds, or are willing to help
with the fund raising, please let us know URGENTLY.
You can also help by donating online, right now, securely
with Paypal, by clicking the button above. Alternatively, you can
* 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.
Despite all the fantastic,
hard work to get planning refused by GCC, this could all now be
overturned - an appeal means UBB could yet get permission and go on to
build the incinerator. There have been cases of contractors winning
appeals and going on to build incinerators despite having had planning
permission unanimously refused by the local council. This happened in
Derby for example. This is a very real risk. We've come this far -
please help ensure this doesn't happen in Gloucestershire!
This is an Urgent request from GlosVAIN for help to raise funds
for the Appeal
You are no doubt aware that
UBB has decided to Appeal against the decision of GCC’s Planning
Committee to refuse planning permission. Their application to Appeal
has now been accepted.
We have been working hard behind the scenes. We are in the
process of agreeing terms with a very good Advocate who will represent
us at the Inquiry.
GlosVAIN was granted ‘Rule 6 Status’ earlier this month. This entitles
us to be equal partners in the Inquiry process. The first benefit of
this status is that we will be working with UBB’s agent AXIS and with
GCC to agree a bespoke programme for the Appeal. It is important for us
that the programme fits into a time frame that will be suitable for our
Advocate. At the Inquiry we will be able to put forward our case,
using expert witnesses These witnesses will be cross examined. Our
Advocate will also be able to cross-examine UBB’s and GCC’s witnesses.
The date for the Inquiry has not been finalised, but it is likely to
start in late November 2013 or early January 2014 and last for 5
weeks. The Inspector will receive copies of all the comments that
everyone has already made to Planning Committee, so any submissions to
the Inquiry should be additional information.
There is a lot of work to be done between now and the Inquiry,
including, for example, meeting the deadlines for submissions of the
outline of GlosVAIN’s case – our Statement of Case – and of our key
evidence - our Proofs of Evidence - and there is the crucial work of
fund raising too.
Involvement of Other Groups
and Individuals in the Inquiry
Other parties are entitled to speak at the Inquiry, but there is a
hierarchy, with UBB, GCC and Rule 6 Status groups being at the top.
Categories with less status are:
· Interested Parties. This
category applies to other groups who have been involved in the
campaign. Their speaker will make a statement, and they will not be
cross examined unless they wish to be. Cross examination would move
their presentation slightly up the hierarchy.
· Community Evening. There
will be at least one community evening, depending upon demand, when
individual members of the community can have their say. It is best for
the participant to provide the Inspector with a copy of what they are
going to say in advance, as this enables the Inspector to listen
without the necessity of making notes at the same time. We will send
out more information about how you can participate in due course.
We really hope that you can help. Please, if you have ideas for fund
raising or can help us in anyway, let us know as soon as possible.