Campaigners in last ditch bid to overturn plans

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CAMPAIGNING villagers travelled to Manchester as part of a last ditch bid to overturn plans for a controversial waste plant on their doorstep.

A judge heard the judicial review, lodged by pensioner Bill Bosson, into Derbyshire County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the facility, near Arkwright Town, last year.

The campaigners are expecting an outcome next month.

Backed by Sutton-cum-Duckmanton Parish Council, Mr Bosson claims that the county council went back on a pledge to create woodland, grassland and recreation facilities at the site – across the road from Arkwright Town which has been blighted by decades of environmental problems – once coal extraction finished six years ago.

The facility, on the site of the former Arkwright Colliery, would handle up to 40,000 tonnes of garden and kitchen waste and cardboard collected from homes across Chesterfield, Bolsover and NE Derbyshire each year.

Previously, SITA UK, the applicants, said the plant would operate under an environmental permit to ensure it would not cause a nuisance to the environment.

But nearby residents have voiced a number of concerns including an increase in lorries carrying rubbish as well as more odours and vermin.