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Waste treatment sites identified

Land near Railway Triangle in Gloucester
Land north of Gloucester's Railway Triangle has been suggested as a site

Thirteen sites across Gloucestershire have been identified as potential locations for waste treatment plants.

The proposed sites include eight which already handle waste. The other five - including land near Gloucester's Railway Triangle - are new.

The matter will be discussed by the council on 29 September and the public are invited to give their views.

The council said the consultation was only about locations and not the technology which will be used.

Councillor Mark Hawthorne, of Gloucestershire County Council, said: "Gloucestershire does have a real waste problem, and sites that could be used to treat waste have to be identified.

"This is simply a planning process that we have to follow, and the final strategy will be subject to detailed public examination and government sign-off."

Ten of the sites being suggested are located along the M5 between Tewkesbury and Stroud.

Two other possible sites have been identified in Lydney and one north of Cirencester.

The final Waste Core Strategy document has to be ratified by the government before it is finally adopted in 2011.

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