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Campaigners to fight plans to build waste incinerator in Bedfordshire

Campaigners say they'll keep fighting renewed plans to build a waste incinerator near a village in Bedfordshire.

An American company has permission to build a 24-acre facility at 'Rookery South Pit' near Stewartby. It says the site could generate enough energy to power 65,000 homes.

But some people living nearby have been campaigning against it for nearly a decade and they say they're not backing down now.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

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Campaigners fight plans for waste incinerator in Bedfordshire

Land where the incinerator will be built Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners say they'll keep fighting new plans to build a waste incinerator near the village of Stewart-by in Bedfordshire.

An American company wants to develop Rookery South Pit. They say the incinerator could generate enough low-carbon energy to power up to 65,000 homes.

Rookery South Pit Credit: ITV News Anglia

"God knows what's coming out the chimneys. We got 150 lorries a day coming along this road just behind the camera. We've got a sixth form college just over there that's gonna take all these fumes. It's not on. It's unacceptable. Completely unacceptable. And not only that, this lovely rural landscape, it's gonna be a monstrous blot on it."

– Cllr Tim Hill, Bedford Borough Council

Eagle-eyes requested for Monty's harriers

Keen bird watchers in Norfolk are being encouraged to keep an eye out for a rare bird of prey on their way to the UK for the Summer migration.

Montagu's harriers in flight Credit: RSPB

Montagu's harriers go to Senegal for winter, but from May one male in particular - who goes by the name of Roger - is known to come back to Norfolk to breed.

Roger was fitted with a state of the art satellite tracking device in 2014 as part of an ongoing study to learn more about Montagu's harriers' migration and their breeding sites here in the UK. Five other birds have since been fitted, and it's enabled researchers to locate the winter grounds of UK Montagu's harriers in Senegal for the first time.

The RSPB are hoping that the public reporting any sightings could help identify new areas where they're nesting. Just seven pairs of Montagu's harriers, known affectionately by bird watchers as 'Monty's', nested in the whole of the UK last year.

"Monty's are increasingly nesting in cropped arable fields rather than reed beds, so we're especially keen to make farmers aware of them and hear from any who think they might have birds nesting in their fields, but anyone who sees one can help us make sure they have the best chance of successfully breeding and rearing their chicks by getting in touch to tell us about their sighting."

– Mark Thomas - RSPB

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Residents are being offered prizes if they recycle more

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People living in West Norfolk are being offered prizes if they recycle more.

The scheme, which offers shopping vouchers to those who reduce what they throw away, is aimed at improving recycling rates.

At the moment only 42 percent of waste is kept from landfill - the EU target is 50 percent.

The scheme will also be supporting local charity and community projects with £6,000 in donations in the first year.

“It’s great to be rewarding residents of West Norfolk for their recycling efforts, as although residents already recycle 42% of their waste there is still work to be done to reach the EU target of 50% by 2020.

We hope that the mix of community and individual rewards will appeal to as many residents as possible and are looking forward to seeing improvements over the next two years.”

– Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green Points

Scientist: 'Stevenage forest mission is fantastic news'

A leading scientist behind a new satellite which is to be built in Stevenage has described the project as 'fantastic'.

The 'Biomass' probe will be built by the town's Airbus Defence team and will help monitor the earth's forests from space.

It is due to be launched in 2021.

Stevenage satellite to monitor the world's forests from space

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Scientists will soon be able to monitor the earth's forests from space thanks to a new satellite to be built at Stevenage's Airbus Defence team.

The project called 'Biomass' follows on from last week's test of its Mars Rover by astronaut Tim Peake.

The Biomass probe will provide information to climate researchers all over the world when it is launched in 2021.

It will make 3D maps of forests across the globe and measure the amount of carbon present.

It will also pick up any annual changes.

Collecting accurate data on the world's biomass is key to our understanding of the world's climate.

We are very pleased to help ESA with this mission that will provide key data for scientists and climate scientists around the world.

– François Auque, Head of Space Systems
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