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Witham MP Priti Patel hosts meeting with campaigners to discuss controversial Rivenhall incinerator proposals

PUBLISHED: 23:32 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 23:32 12 January 2018

Priti Patel, MP for Witham, at a public meeting hosted to discuss plans to build an incinerator in Essex. Picture: ANNA APPLETON-CLAYDON

Priti Patel, MP for Witham, at a public meeting hosted to discuss plans to build an incinerator in Essex. Picture: ANNA APPLETON-CLAYDON

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Campaigners set against a proposed incinerator in Essex hosted a meeting tonight which marked 25 years since their protest began.

More than 140 people attended a meeting hosted against plans to build an incinerator at Rivenhall in Essex. Picture: ANNA APPLETON-CLAYDON More than 140 people attended a meeting hosted against plans to build an incinerator at Rivenhall in Essex. Picture: ANNA APPLETON-CLAYDON

Parishes Against Incinerator (PAIN) announced their plan to continue fighting for communities they believe will be negatively impacted by the proposed Rivenhall incinerator at the Spring Lodge Community Centre in Witham this evening.

Protestors spoke out against the new £500million facility, proposed for Rivenhall Airfield, with PAIN chair Nick Unsworth suggesting the plume from the incinerator would affect people living further afield in towns such as Colchester, Braintree and Witham as well as villages closer to the site.

Witham MP Priti Patel chaired the meeting, which was attended by almost 150 people. Members of the audience also called for a new approach to the way in which waste is processed.

A decision on the latest plans is not expected in the near future.

Striking new images are being unveiled of a major development proposed for the heart of Ipswich which could see restaurants, a hotel and a tower block built opposite Cardinal Park.

Firefighters have attended a “rescue” in Ipswich.

Three residents at an Essex care home suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a bedroom causing extensive damage to the building.

Firefighters have been called to a blaze in a residential street in Ipswich.

An appeal has been launched to find an Essex man wanted in connection with a failure to appear at court.

The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set for strike action next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

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