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Incinerator protest 'will go on'

Protesters claim the plant would pose a health risk

Protesters against a scheme to build a waste incinerator in Oxfordshire have said they will continue to fight plans.

Campaigners gathered outside a public meeting held by developers proposing a site in Sutton Courtney on Monday.

The Waste Recycling Group wants to building the plant on an existing landfill, which would generate electricity from rubbish.

However, campaign group Sutton Courtenay Against the Incinerator said there were better ways of doing it.

Another possible site for an incinerator has been earmarked in Ardley, near Bicester, by rival developers Viridor.

Up to 300,000 tonnes of rubbish a year would be burned to generate electricity.

But protesters have said either site could have a detrimental effect on health and the surrounding countryside.

'Better ways'

The Vale of White Horse planning committee will vote on the scheme on Monday.

David McKenzie, from Sutton Courtenay Against the Incinerator said: "We think there are better ways of doing it."

Mr McKenzie added: "We hope they [the council] make that decision on Monday and then we can move on to lobbying other statutory consultees such as the health industry.

"We will also lobby Oxfordshire County Council directly.

"We think there are better ways of doing it, with better sorting facilities to raise the recycling levels."

The council invited bids as part of its strategy to dispose of residual waste over the next 25 years.

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