OUR CONTRIBUTION to Blog Action Day 2012 on “The Power of We” is to republish an article from the Hedon Blog from January 2011 celebrating the success of HOTI – the Hull and Holderness Opposing the Incinerator campaign.
HOTI fought off plans to build a waste burning incinerator at Saltend near Hedon over many years. Their campaign involved the diligent work of an organising committee which mobilised hundreds of people onto the streets of Hedon and Saltend on two separate occasions.
The Hedon Blog article about the demonstration of opposition to the incinerator that took place in October 2009 is also republished below.
The HOTI story serves as a reminder that on occasions communities have to stand up and protest in order to safeguard things that are important to them. This ‘people power’ – us all standing together – sums up The Power of We!
HOTI HEROES – 24th January 2011:
“CHEERS!” was the only item of business at a special Hull and Holderness Opposes the Incinerator (HOTI) last Friday night.
The special meeting was held to celebrate the scrapping of the plans to build a Waste Incinerator at Saltend. “It was a day we were in doubt would ever arrive – but it has!” said Jim Uney who sent in this photograph.
Whilst not all the key committee members and active campaigners are pictured, it is good to be able to put faces to the HOTI heroes of the hour! The town should be proud of those who stood and fought the incinerator over 5 long years. The Hedon Blog raises a toast to them – Cheers!
The only real mystery of the campaign remaining is… How do you pronounce HOTI? Is it “hoh-tee” or is it “hot-tee” – perhaps we will never really know!
Opposition hits the Street – 4th October 2009:
Over 400 people braved a blustery October wind on Saturday 3rd October 2009 to march against proposals to site a waste burning incinerator at Saltend near Hedon.
The demonstration organised by HOTI proved that local opposition to the plans is still very strong in the Hull and Holderness area.
Graham Stuart MP showed his support and spoke at the event rally, which also included the symbolic release of hundreds of black and yellow balloons. In this case the strong winds carried away the HOTI balloons filled with helium harmlessly into the sky; the local fear is that the incinerator chimneys will carry far more toxic gases into the local atmosphere!
The HOTI campaign continues….. and the Hedon Blog will continue to report on this important local campaign.
For #BAD12 #PowerOfWe