Alarm at radioactive waste dump plan
Villagers are campaigning against plans to dump radioactive waste within miles of their homes.
Waste company Augean plans to bury low-level waste at its East Northants Resource Management Facility, in King's Cliffe, just over the county border.
Residents of Barrowden will join people living in about a dozen east Northamptonshire villages in holding referendums on the plan.
In Ketton, villagers will be asked to sign a petition against the scheme and in Tixover, two miles from the site, a survey has revealed an overwhelming majority of residents are against the plan.
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The objectors are awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry into the company's plans to bury the waste.
The results of the referendums, which are costing parish councils about £600 each, will be passed on to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles before the inquiry findings are published. A decision is expected in May.
Tixover parish meeting chairman Tony Slipper said: "We're not happy about radioactive waste being dumped close to us having been shipped from miles away.
"There are concerns about health and long-term safety.
"We want to make the Government understand the force of opposition to this."
Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan said: "I am seeking guarantees from the authorities that the material is not in any way hazardous and properly complies with the highest possible standards."
A company spokesman said: "Augean is aware of the parish polls taking place in some parishes near our East Northants Resource Management Facility.
"It would be inappropriate at this time to comment on these, as we await the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the application."