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Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2001 18:33:52 +0100 (BST)
From: "Jo Makepeace" (
Subject: SchNEWS 320, Friday 31st August 2001

first incinerator protest camp - Crymlyn Burrows (Swansea)


In what may be a first in this country, a protest camp has been set up against the Crymlyn Burrows incinerator due to be built near Swansea. Local people from Stop The Incinerator Campaign (StIC) have occupied the site in protest against the dangerous health effects that the incinerator will have on the area.

We currently produce 28 million tonnes of waste a year in this country, an amount which is constantly rising. Of this we only recycle a measly 9% (compared to over 50% in other European countries). The government is giving lip service to reducing and recycling waste whilst giving out private contracts to companies to burn waste in incinerators. Over 70 new incinerators are currently on the burner.

In Swansea the local council has used Blair type spin and have renamed the incinerator a "materials recovery and energy centre". An artist's impression of the site didn't even include the 40m high chimney! When asked about this, the chief executive of the council came over all Mr.Magoo* like saying "It's an artist's impression"; maybe he's under the impression that cancer causing dioxins that will emerge from the chimney will only have "microscopic" health implications (another quality council quote). The council's arrogance has been astounding, not even consulting residents of Swansea Eastside a few hundred yards from the proposed site. Locals responded with demonstrations, lobbying, direct action and a month ago the setting up of the camp. The campaign group have now managed to persuade Sue Essex, the environment minister at the Welsh Assembly to consider revoking the planning permission.

They'd appreciate support, so visit them or send postcards to -

Crowleys Campsite, The Incinerator protest, Fabian Way, Swansea

[* SchNEWS Vocab watch: Mr.Magoo - a particularly blind cartoon character who older readers will remember.]


for more info on incinerators contact Communities Against Toxics -

PO Box 29, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH66 3TX - tel 0151 339 5473


news, petitions, campaigns at NIFE - No Incinerators for Europe (formerly No Incinerators for Essex)

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