Mock funeral march in Cottered to honour death of the countryside

PUBLISHED: 13:38 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:38 26 March 2015

The funeral procession

The funeral procession


A campaign group staged a funeral procession to mark what they see as the death of the rural landscape if plans to build a waste recycling plant on the A507 between Cottered and Buntingford go forward.

The mock up funeral march was arranged by protest group Waste? NOT! Want? NOT! and saw more than 120 people from Cottered and the surrounding towns join the colourful protest as the funeral cortège followed a group of pall bearers carrying a coffin filled with waste sacks.

The 40 minute march went through Cottered to the village hall where the campaign group was addressed by Jenny Thomson, chairman of the Waste? NOT! Want? NOT! committee. The procession was accompanied by traditional New Orleans funeral jazz.

During her speech, Jenny said: “Cottered is symbolic of how vulnerable rural Hertfordshire is to unmanaged commercial development.

“HGVs driving through rural villages force oncoming traffic up on to our pavements to avoid collisions, in the process threatening pedestrians and causing vibration damage to historic buildings.

“These are wholly unsuitable roads.”

So far 300 formal complaints have been made about the plans, which protesters claim are inappropriate due to volume of road traffic.

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