Welcome to the Kings Cliffe Waste Watchers website.
This site has been set up to help keep you informed
and up-to-date with the dumping of nuclear waste in Kings Cliffe landfill site.
The site has recently been updated to include
information on, and arguments against the new
applications for extension. Many of the arguments
from the first application are, however, still relevant,
and where this is the case they have been retained.
Wastewatchers, and the umbrella group of local
villages - LDA (Local Democracy in Action) - remain
resolutely opposed to the disposal of Low Level
Waste from the nuclear industry in this landfill,
and particularly to the latest plans to continue disposal of LLW until 2026, at least.
Sorry about the long silence - no, we haven't all succumbed!
The LLW is merrily arriving from all points, including Sellafield and even Scotland - not quite the Midlands and South of England catchment that Augean assured the Inquiry of, but more like the national catchment that we predicted.
The IPC (now NID) process into the extension until 2026 is continuing. Both East Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire Councils approved Local Impact Reports which highlighted a number of concerns.
On Tuesday 18th September, Northamptonshire County Council approved the extension application until 2016, though it was clear that the counci;llors felt they had little alternative. To have turned down the application would have resulted in a costly appeal followed by a final decision taken by the same Sectretary of State - Eric Pickles - who approved the first application.
We hope that the NID hearing will show just how ludicrous the whole issue of transporting waste to King's Cliffe really is.
If you have registered with the IPC (now NID) you will know that the process has begun, and a preliminary meeting has taken place. Hopefully you will also have sent further information. Issue specific hearings on health and transport matters will take place in late October.
many thanks to all who have signed up to be part of this iomportant process.
For further information on what is going on, click here
The Court of Appeal has ruled against our legal challenge to the Secretary of State's decision to allow dumping of nuclear waste in the King's Cliffe landfill until 2013.
Our attention now turns to fighting the company's new applications to extend the time and area of the site until 2026.
Thank you for your support so far, and stay with us...
Saturday 7th January - About 150 residents from King's Cliffe and surrounding villages met in the centre of King's Cliffe in a protest against the announcement by Augean that it had begun to dump LLW in spite of the on-going legal challenge. Led by a drummer and a pantomime horse, local people joined in a walk around the village before dispersing. The protest was intended to show the company and the planning authorities that the issue is still vey much alive in the minds of local people.
On Tuesday 29th November, the Court of Appeal gave leave for an appeal to be heard in the case brought by a King’s Cliffe resident against the Secretary of State over the dumping of LLW at the King’s Cliffe site. Augean, which had until then agreed to withhold dumping until the legal process had been completed, ignored requests to continue this policy and announced that it would go ahead and start disposing of LLW notwithstanding. Augean argued that it could always dig the waste up again if the ruling went against it.
Unimpressed by this unlikely scenario, and In order to prevent a possible infringement from taking place, residents of King’s Cliffe and surrounding villages decided to mount a blockade of the site. This took place on Friday 2nd December.
About 25 residents arrived at the site at 5.30am, before the gates opened, and set themselves up in the entrance. In order to delay the passage of lorries bringing LLW for as long as possible, four residents clipped themselves into steel tubes inserted in barrels of concrete. Great care was taken to ensure that traffic along the road was alerted, and no mishaps took place. The police were called in by Augean about two hours later and there was a good-humoured and entirely peaceful stand-off before a specialist team could arrive with equipment to ‘free’ those who were clipped on. The last residents were extracted at about 1pm, leaving a small group to continue the protest by the roadside. Reporters and film crews were present throughout. Six residents who had ignored police instructions to move were arrested, and later released. It is not known whether any LLW was brought to the site in the afternoon.
For press release, click here
In the name of Localism, our referendums, petitions, and the rejection of nuclear waste at King's Cliffe by Northamprtonshire County Council, have shown Mr Pickles the strength of local feeling...
In the name of the government's own nuclear waste strategy we have shown Mr Huhne that 98% of votes against nuclear waste at King's Cliffe does not amount to 'public acceptability'...
In the name of European, UK and county waste policy, we have shown that burying nuclear waste at King's Cliffe, over 90 miles from the nearest source, does not abide by the Proximity Principle...
In the name of the Environment Agency's policy we have shown that burying nuclear waste at King's Cliffe on top of a major aquifer that is a source of local drinking water does not represent an environmentally safe solution...
Is that enough?
To make sure, we need your help.
Policy inherited from the previous government says that nuclear waste can be buried in any landfill.
Yes; there is a landfill very close to you!
Don't wait for nuclear waste to come to you; help us stop it NOW!
1. Write to Mr Pickles, Mr Huhne, your m.p., newspapers and media to
express your views.
2. If you live along the confimed route of some of the waste (Southampton
to King's Cliffe - A34/A43), write to your parish and district council.
3. If you have legal expertise, and are willing to represent us in an appeal
against any decision going against us (pro bono, i'm afraid!), please
contact this website.
4. Sign this online petition, now:
5. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, carrier pigeon, anyway you can
November 3rd 2011 - A High Court judge has dismissed the challenge by a King's Cliffe resident against Comunities Secretary, Eric Pickles. Mr Pickles had previously overturned the decision by Northamptonshire County Council to refuse permission for the disposal of nuclear waste in the local landfill.
However the judge did grant an injunction against Augean, preventing the company from disposing of LLW for another four weeks while residents decided on whether to seek an appeal.
So far as we know, no nuclear waste has yet been buried in the landfill.
Next month Augean will present its applications to the Infrastructure Planing Commission for extensions to its permit until 2016, and then 2026, together with opening up more void space at the site. Given the lack of applications coming forward from other sites to take this material, villagers are concerned that this will confirm King's Cliffe as the national waste site for these levels of LLW, and that waste could even be brought from as far away as Sellafield, the main producer of LLW, a distance of over 250 miles.
The current planning permission for the disposal of hazardous and radioactiuve waste at the King's Cliffe landfill is due to expire in August 2013.
Augean have already begun the process of submitting new applications for further development of the site.
There are 3 new appications, and all are being submitted concurrently:
1. Extension in time of the present permission until 2016
2. Extension of void space on the site - approximately 1 million
cubic metres, and time extension to run until 2026
3. Extension of time for the soil treatment plant until 2026
For more details, click here
We have just been informed that the Secretary of State has ruled in favour of the appeal and has overturned the decision by Northamptonshire County Council to oppose the disposal of nuclear waste in the King's Cliffe landfill.
Wastewatchers do not wish to comment in detail on this ruling until we have had time to properly consider it.
Our initial reaction, however, is one of surprise and disappointment that the wishes of local people appear to have been ignored, especially by a Secretary of State who has firmly declared his support for local democratic decision-making. In overturning the decision of the County Council, and the wishes of all local government organs, he has hardly demonstrated the level of commitment expected from one who is trying to steer a Localism Bill through Parliament.
We are also surprised that the government should consider the forcible disposal of nuclear waste in an area so evidently unprepared for it a positive approach to dealing with the decommissioning of nuclear facilities. When the Government’s own strategy puts ‘public acceptability’ as the first principle to be followed in deciding locations for disposal, it seems that words count for nothing.
King’s Cliffe will now be, ipso facto, the national nuclear low level waste site for the South of England and the Midlands, even though it lies 90 miles from the nearest site. That does not seem to us to be either a fair or a sensible solution.
Wastewatchers will comment further on the decision at a later date, and will consider what options are available to us to challenge it.
For the full text of the Secretary of State's ruling, and the Inspector's report, click here.
This is the day on which Mr Pickles wil announce whether King's Cliffe is to become the national nuclear waste dump for LLW for the South of England and the Midlands.
If he approves, it will be the first time that nuclear waste will have been deposited in a site distant from any nuclear facility, and it may open the way for such sites to spring up in other places.
It wlll also cast an interesting perspective on Mr Pickles' Localism Bill. We have followed his advice, at considerable expense, by calling referendums to make the views of local people on planning decisions known, and these views have been endorsed by all organs of local government in the area.
We are confident that Mr Pickles is a man of integrity who will not perform a sudden and shoddy u-turn, and that on Tuesday he will rule that King's Cliffe is not an appropriate location for such material.
We feel justified in this belief by Mr Pickles' statement that:
"I am very concerned planning decisions made by our locally elected representatives being overturned by the Government’s Planning Inspector. ...[In one example] the Inspector said that the Council’s reason for refusal was not substantial as it was based on local residents’ opposition. Forgive me, but is this not the most robust of arguments? Shouldn’t local people be able to make local decisions through their locally elected representatives?
Years of campaigning by local folk is ignored as a stranger visits town, probably never to return and his decision can leave peoples’ quality of life and local landscape ruined by an unwanted development."
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