Elizabeth Way highlights the case of around 98% of people in Kings Cliffe near Peterborough who voted in local referendums opposed the plans for low-level radioactive waste disposal to be allowed at a landfill site in Northamptonshire. 

This was seen as a test case for waste companies and for the government’s proclaimed localism commitment.

The BBC online reports that Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said he had accepted expert advice that planning permission for this additional waste “would not be harmful to the local community”. 

Elizabeth comments:

”So much for Cameron’s trumpeted support for localities!”