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Labour politicians urge waste plant rethink

MP and councillor support City Farm

A local MP and City Councillor have joined forces to fight plans for a waste plant right on the doorstep of Windmill Hill City Farm.

Dawn Primarolo, MP for Bristol South, and Matthew Symonds, City Councillor for Southville, have both written letters objecting to a proposal that could jeopardise the future of this thriving community resource.

Speaking today, Dawn Primarolo said:

"As a founder member and supporter of the City Farm over many years, I was horrified to hear about these plans. A waste plant on this site is bound to mean more noise, pollution and dust - not to mention heavy lorries - in what's currently a green oasis".

Labour colleagues, and newly-elected City Councillor, Matthew Symonds added:

"The Farm isn't just a farm - it's an important base for countless community groups and events. Over 300 visitors signed their petition opposing this plant. Now Dawn and I would like to voice our support for their campaign".

A particular concern is the effect the plant will have on the many autistic children who use the Farm. The Farm has been used over many years for monthly support meetings, play schemes and social events because it is a venue that meets the children's needs.

"This will be seriously threatened if this plan is approved", Dawn continued. "A waste plant on anyone's doorstep is never going to be popular. But this is one of the worst locations imaginable! I urge the City Council to reject this application".

[20 May 2002]

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