Firm reveals its green plans to town residents

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A RENEWABLE energy company has held an open day to explain its plans to build a new hi-tech recycling plant in Clay Cross.

KEDCO Plc hopes to build a renewable energy source at a former landfill site, at Bridge Street, and hosted its open day with Larkfleet Group partners at Clay Cross Social Centre, on Friday.

The company has explained that the plant would use an anaerobic digestion and gasification system to convert organic and woodchip waste into gas-based energy and claims the development would create about 30 jobs and produce renewable energy for electricty and thermal heating.

But Clay Cross Environmental Group is concerned about the unknown nature of the development as well as feared possible health dangers from odours, dust and traffic deliveries.

KEDCO said the development will be contained in an enclosed building to minimise noise and it would be built in line with Environmental Agency regulations with low air emissions.

It explained that the site is already licensed to take 100,000 tonnes of material but it would be operating with a 70,000 capacity.

The company is preparing to submit a planning application to Derbyshire County Council with a public consultation.