Next Monday, 6 February, is Veolia decision day. The County planning officers are recommending the plans are thrown out, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe yet. The councillors themselves meet at 10.45am that day to make a decision we hope may be final, but even then Veolia could try again. We need the company and the councillors to see a show of strength.
How can you help on Monday?
One of two ways…
- If you want to attend the council meeting, it starts at 10.45am in Lincoln Alive Conference Centre, Alive Church, 22 Newland, Lincoln. The Veolia application is the only item on the agenda. It is your right to attend if you wish – just turn up. But you will not be allowed to address the meeting.
But be aware – you may need to get there early or the room may be full. It’s your decision, but I am going to be sure to arrive by 9.30am at least when I believe the doors open. Latecomers may not get in.
2. No limits on this one – the more the merrier! We want a peaceful protest on Long Leys Road between 9.30 – 10.30am. Councillors will be coming in a bus for a site visit, arriving Long Leys Road shortly after 9.30am, just before the meeting.
It’s very possible they may drive right down to Carram Way, then work their way back up to the entrance way to Veolia alongside Curtis, on the out-of-town end. That (alongside Curtis at the turn in) is where we need to see a good crowd, with STOP VEOLIA POSTERS.
We need to be there for 9.30am, and stay there until the councillors have gone again – so it could be an hour – till 10.30am. If we’re only there when they arrive, but not when they leave, it will have much less of an impact. This means that it may not be possible to join in the protest AND go to the meeting.
PLEASE – no marching, no chanting, just stand peacefully on the pavement – DON’T block the road or we’ll have police not television cameras. Nothing is more powerful than people lined up quietly and still along the roadside. That’s what we should aim for.
By all means bring pushchairs (with a thermos and sandwiches probably, not a child!) or come on your horse…
If you want a STOP VEOLIA NOW poster, to take with you, you can download one at stopveolia.org. Top of front page, right hand side – click on STOP VEOLIA NOW and poster will download.
It’s a big day – help us if you can. And bring your friends! Thanks – CT