By Gordon Rogers of The Oxford Times
CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating following a decision to hold a public inquiry into a proposal to protect Radley Lakes.
Oxfordshire County Council said an inquiry to look into an application to grant the lakes, near Abingdon, Town Green status would be held in April.
RWE npower has already begun work at the Thrupp Lake site, which it wants to use as a dump for 500,000 tonnes of ash from Didcot power station.
But, if the status is approved, it will secure the whole area for recreational purposes, and prevent any development.
The firm said it would continue work at the spot, and did not think there was clear case to grant the area town green status.
However, campaigners fighting to save the lake believe the work should be put on hold until the inquiry has taken place.
More than 650 people have voted so far in an online poll on the website heraldseries.net urging npower to cease work on the site until the result of the town green inquiry is known.
Dr Basil Crowley, chairman of Save Radley Lakes, said: "Great news. Now npower should cease all work at the lake.
"It's a pity they've already trashed it by cutting down trees and vegetation."
Jo Cartmell, in whose name the application for town green status has been submitted to Oxfordshire County Council, said: "Now npower should behave in a moral, ethical and responsible way towards the community and the environment.
"They should stop all work at the lake until the outcome of the public inquiry is known. The company owes it to the community."