Residents invited to discuss Arkwright composting plans

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Environment Agency staff are inviting residents to attend a drop-in event to discuss plans for a controversial composting plant in Arkwright Town.

Derbyshire County Council has granted planning permission for the facility, on the site of the former Arkwright Colliery at Deepsick Lane, which 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.

However, before it can operate, the composting plant needs a permit from the Environment Agency.

Residents will be able to speak to staff at the village’s Arkwright Centre tomorrow (Friday) between 12pm and 7pm.

Joanne Holt, of the Environment Agency, said: “We will not issue an environmental permit for any industrial site if we consider it will cause significant pollution to the environment or harm human health.

“We look forward to seeing residents to help with any questions.”