Protesters: Incineration is Wrong
Target: MVV Umwelt
Date: 17 April
About 200 people from the St Budeaux area of Plymouth turned out to protest against incinerator proposals for the area, carrying banners and blowing horns.
The protest was led by action group Incineration Is Wrong, which is protesting against the energy from waste plants proposed at the North Yard of Devonport Dockyard, Camels Head and Ernesettle.
- Why the protests?
Residents are concerned about the level of pollution they believe will be caused by chimney emissions and up to 120 lorries carrying waste daily. Plymouth councillor Tudor Evans said he was concerned about schoolchildren having to endure so many trucks passing nearby.
- How did MVV Umwelt respond?
MVV Umwelt did not comment on the protest, but the company's managing director Paul Carey was quoted in a previous news report, promising that 'no-one would even know we were operating' in terms of noise or smell.
- How did the media cover it?
The Plymouth Herald reported on the protest sympathetically, to the point of listing contact details for Incineration Is Wrong. The report included comment from residents such as: 'We've already got nuclear facilities and a sewage works and now this? It's ludicrous.
We will be directly looking on to the chimney from our house. There will be traffic problems 24/7.'