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Secret donation allows anti-landfill campaigners to fight on

Campaigners are talking to lawyers about whether they can fight Gloucestershire County Council’s decision to extend planning permission for a landfill site taking in hazardous waste.

The Wingmoor Farm site in Bishop’s Cleeve, operated by Grundon Waste Management, has just been granted planning to operate until 2029. The site takes in incinerator bottom ash, which is classified as hazardous waste, and has faced strong local opposition.

Safety in Waste and Rubbish Disposal (Sward) has been campaigning against the site. It argues that permission was granted after a tied vote and the chair of the planning committee used a casting vote in favour of Grundon.

At a public meeting after the decision, Sward received an anonymous donation of £1,000 to pay for legal advice.

Sward trustee Barbara Farmer said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to take this case forward. The planning committee meeting was a travesty of democracy.

“Our lawyers will scrutinise all the relevant documents and then the barrister will give a legal opinion on whether we should proceed to fight a judicial review.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We’re confident we acted legally throughout this process.”

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