The Public Inquiry starts on 19th
Nov at 10:00, will be held at Hallmark Hotel, Matson Lane, Gloucester, GL4 6EA, and is provisionally planned to sit for 20 days, up until the end of January 2014. After the Inquiry, the Inspector will produce a report for Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State, who will make the final decision late in 2014. A published timetable document can be read here
, and is also available to view on the new Inquiry pages
on our website, along with other relevant documents.
The Inspector hearing the case is Brian Cook, who has prior knowledge of this project, as he was the Inspector who presided over GCC’s Waste Core Strategy “Examination in Public”. Although the Waste Core Strategy was adopted, Mr Cook did question a number of fundamental aspects of GCC’s strategy on waste, including calling into question the ease with which Javelin Park could successfully be used as a site for an incinerator…
Go and Say No – 19th Nov
The Inquiry is open to the general public and we are asking for people to attend as much of it as they can, especially the first day on 19th
November at 9.30am. The Inquiry opening day is a great opportunity for opponents of the incinerator to turn out in force and reiterate their preference for cheaper, greener and safer alternatives. It is important that the Inspector sees this, as well as the Press, who will be there in greatest numbers on the first day. We have been publicising our request for attendance on 19th
Nov via our poster and leaflets. We’d be grateful for your help in spreading the word. Posters are available on request or can be downloaded from our website’s Resources
Activity to date
We have been working hard with our advocate, Dr Alan Watson, to prepare for the Inquiry. All the so-called “Rule 6” parties (officially recognised at the Inquiry) have had to submit many documents in advance. GlosVAIN’s Statement of Case outlines the arguments we will make at the Inquiry. Our next key milestone is submission of our “Proof of Evidence” by 24th
October. This document will put the detailed evidence for our case. All our documents can be viewed here.
Working with partners
The other Rule 6 parties, all opposing UBB’s Appeal, are Stroud District Council, Friends of the Earth Gloucestershire and GCC (Planning Department). Their Statements of Case can also be found on our website here
. There will also be the opportunity for organisations and Parish and Town Councils (“Interested Parties”) to speak at the Inquiry, and, finally, it has been confirmed that there will be an afternoon and evening session held, at which members of the public will be able to speak on request.