A protest was held outside Gloucestershire County Council this morning where a petition of more than 7,000 signatures against the proposed Javelin Park waste incinerator was handed in.
Councillors will then vote on a motion to scrap the incinerator contract. Shire Hall had agreed a contract with Ubaser Balfour Beatty to build and operate the waste incinerator but eventually refused planning permission after a strong public backlash.
But after months of delays, Secretary of State Eric Pickles approved its construction after an appeal by the waste firm.
Gloucester City Council has voted to set up a committee to look into a 'plan B' for waste disposal in the county.
It follows a recent decision by the planning committee to reject an application to build a waste incinerator at Javelin Park.
The committee will now look at other methods of disposing household waste such as the mechanical and biological systems already used at Avonmouth in Bristol.
The company behind a controversial waste incinerator that was turned down by councillors in Gloucester say they will appeal the decision.
Urbaser Balfour Beatty wanted to build the £500m plant at Javelin Park. More than a hundred people packed a meeting last night, which lasted 11 hours.
Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin reports:
In his first interview since Gloucestershire County Council's planning committee unanimously voted against plans for the incinerator at Javelin Park, Councillor Stan Waddington, the council's waste champion, admits that he is disappointed.
He has been a fervent supporter of the waste incinerator scheme, and still thinks it is the best way of getting rid of waste:
Our Gloucestershire Correspondent Ken Goodwin reports from Kingsholm after councillors unanimously rejected plans for a £500m waste incinerator at Javelin Park:
Councillors have unanimously rejected plans for a hugely controversial waste incinerator near Gloucester.
More than 100 people packed a planning meeting today which lasted 11 hours.
Protesters claimed the £500m facility at Javelin Park at Haresfield would have been bigger than Gloucester Cathedral.
More than a hundred people packed a planning meeting today, where councillors were deciding whether or not to give the go-ahead to a hugely controversial waste incinerator near Gloucester.
Protesters claim the £500 million facility at Javelin Park at Haresfield will be bigger than Gloucester Cathedral.
But the council says it's right to consider other alternatives to using landfill. Here's our Gloucestershire Correspondent, Ken Goodwin:
Sue Oppenheimer from GlosVAIN is one of the campaigners against the plans for a waste incinerator on the edge of Gloucester. She is concerned about the impact on the landscape as well as the costs incurred.
A letter has been read out at the meeting from Communities secretary Eric Pickles' office, saying that he will not decide to scrutinise the incinerator plans - or "call them in" until after a decision has been made by the council's planning department.
A planning meeting to decide on whether to go allow a waste incinerator to be built at Javelin Park near Gloucester has started. More than 100 members of the public are at the meeting, which is being held in rooms at Gloucester rugby club to accommodate them all.