Protesters’ fears over waste plan

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CAMPAIGNERS have raised environmental concerns about plans to build a new hi-tech waste recycling plant in Clay Cross.

At Clay Cross Parish Council on Tuesday, KEDCO Plc and Falcon Waste Development outlined their proposal to build the renewable energy source at a former landfill site near Bridge Street.

But Jackie Hopkinson, of the Clay Cross Environmental Group, claims people are concerned about the unknown nature of the development, as well as possible health dangers from odours, dust and increased traffic deliveries.

She said: “I don’t think anyone wants this in Clay Cross and I share the public’s concern about dust, odours and traffic.

“It’s a relatively new type of site and we don’t know anything about its possible, long term impact. I think it should be placed elsewhere, like off J29a of the M1, because I don’t think people who bought their homes here thought they would end up living near a recycling centre.”

The parish council explained the proposal is for an anaerobic digestion and gasification plant which converts waste into gas-based energy and fertiliser as an alternative to fossil fuels.

KEDCO claims the development will be contained in an enclosed building to minimise noise and would create jobs and renewable energy which can be used for electricity, cars and heating.

In a statement, the company said: “Gasification is considered one of the key new technologies that should be developed to improve waste management and increase supply of renewable and decentralised energy.”

It claims air emissions will be low and be regulated by the Environment Agency and argued there will be no increase in traffic movements because the site is already licensed to handle 100,000 tonnes per year.

KEDCO and Falcon are preparing to submit a planning application to Derbyshire County Council and Clay Cross Parish Council said it expects a public consultation so views can be considered.

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