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June 2015 Update

posted 13 Jun 2015, 00:26 by planning users   [ updated 13 Jun 2015, 00:26 ]
Tea is for Toxin Free.
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Stroud Council's Legal Hearing Nears

Instigated by Stroud District Council, a legal case challenging the legitimacy of Pickles' decision is due to be heard by the High Court in London on 25th June. If this challenge succeeds, it will delay the project for further inquiry, and it hinges on the height and scale of the incinerator.

This is directly related to the issue of pollution, as the proposed height of the chimney stack is linked to the toxic nature of emissions - if all you are puffing out is steam, for example, you can do that at 5 metres. If you need the planned (astonishing!) 70 metres, there's a good reason for that, and those toxins will still be ending up somewhere...

This link will show you in real time where they are predicted to go:


20th June


Following Jeremy Irons' galvanising and sell-out appearance in Stroud last month, local communities are taking democracy into their own hands and conducting "toxin free" community surveys (in the style of the remarkably effective Lock the Gate movement in Australia).

Haresfield itself, located right next to the Javelin Park site, is completing its survey as I write and preliminary results show that 98% of residents wish to declare their village free of incineration pollution, which is a clear statement of no social licence for this incinerator.

To celebrate this result and make it known to the world, the village is throwing a delightfully decorous ...

Toxin Free Tea Party at the gates of Javelin Park

Saturday 20th June at 4pm

... where a wide verge of beautifully kept grassy lawn, well protected from traffic, beckons us all to join them with picnic blankets and flasks of tea, a mere few days before the High Court hearing. 

Do come along (just off Junction 12 of the M5, direction Stonehouse - park in good time at the Wyevale Garden Centre GL10 3DP)... naturally all County Councillors will receive personal invitations and the press have already been alerted.

Look forward to seeing many of you there!

Getting the Full Contract Revealed


We are still awaiting the outcome of applying to the Information Commissioner's Office to enforce transparency around Gloucestershire County Council's contract with UBB.

The screening of the film Trashed at Stroud Cinema on 4th May was a sell out. Star of the film, Jeremy Irons, introduced the film and took part in a lively discussion following the screening. The evening was an inspiring and renewed call to action and to not stop fighting!
You can read more about the events of the evening on the website here.