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Fury over plans for massive incinerator in the centre of Northampton

An artist's impression of the gasification plant. Credit: Rolton Kilbride

Campaigners fighting plans for a "monstrous" incinerator in the centre of Northampton have vowed to fight on - despite signs the development is moving forward.

There had been strong opposition to the proposals for a £160m gasification plant on the site of the old Westbridge Depot in St James - close to Franklin's Gardens and just a seven minute stroll from Market Square.

It would heat rubbish and extract useable gases from it before burning the residue.

Northampton Borough Council has already reached a commercial agreement with developer Rolton Kilbride.

But campaigners say they hope worries about air pollution will prevent it getting planning permission.

Nancy Mirales and Tony Clarke. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

They're putting this gasification incinerator in the heart of Northampton. It's not just impacting the residents of St James but all of Northampton.

We're very concerned over air quality, we're concerned about traffic and emissions from the up to 200 lorry movements a day in this area.

– Nancy Mirales, Stop the Monster Incinerator campaigner.

There are also concerns about the scale of the plant, with campaigners claiming the building would be visible from five miles away.

While the borough council says it believes the scheme is the best option for tax payers, some local politicians have also voiced their opposition.

It's about 15 storeys, the size of Northampton House, for the box, about two-thirds the size of the Express National Lift Tower for the stack.

It is monstrous and it will tower above the town belching out all of these toxins across the town and across the people of Northampton.

– Tony Clarke, Northampton Green Party.
The proposed site is right in the centre of Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

No one from Northampton Borough Council was available to comment but in a statement, developer Rolton Kilbride said the plant would be carefully monitored.

The facility will be subject to very strict regulation in accordance with the Industrial Emissions Directive which, sets out emissions limits that the plant must comply with. These limits have been set after many years of research and advice and deemed to be safe.

We are at the beginning of the planning process and there will many opportunities for the public to make their views known.

– Rolton Kilbride spokesman.