Residents Against SARP Pollution
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Residents Against SARP Pollution (RASP) was formed in June 1998 in response to two incidents of toxic gases escaping the SARP UK chemical plant in May 1998, in the Yorkshire town of Killamarsh. The campaign was formed by local residents and members of the Socialist Party (England and Wales). The campaign eventually succeeded in forcing the closure of most of the SARP plant.
Formation of RASP
After a public meeting called by the Socialist Party (England and Wales),Ken Coates MEP, who was invited to speak, called for further meetings, which gave rise to the campaign, and also set up an independent inquiry into the site.
The year-long campaign involved marches and rooftop protests. RASP protestors even travelled to SARP's headquarters in France to protest.
The campaigners eventually won the closure of six of the seven sections of the site in late 1999, with the local council looking at siting non-toxic recycling processes on the site.
Members of the campaign have continued to support other groups such as CANK who are protesting against toxic waste disposal in residential areas.
Chair - Kevin Jones
Secretary - Faye Moran
Treasurer - Pat Whitehouse
Vice Chair - Roger Barraclough
Membership Secretary - Samantha Martin
Press Officer - John Moran
Campaigns Officer - Alistair Tice
Legal Officer - Bev Smith
Youth Organisers - Tracey Nettleship, Emma Horsford
Publicity Officer - Trevor Cockerill
Contacts for the Townships:-
Beighton - Dave Milsom
Wales/Kiveton - Mike Sampson
Swallownest - Paul Marshall