Waste plant sparks fears

NDET 17-7-12 MC 4'Ash Renishaw campaigners against proposed waste plant. Also pictured is County Councillor Brian Ridgeway and committee chairman Dennis Lumb.
NDET 17-7-12 MC 4'Ash Renishaw campaigners against proposed waste plant. Also pictured is County Councillor Brian Ridgeway and committee chairman Dennis Lumb.

Campaigners are rallying against controversial proposals for a new waste plant in the heart of a Derbyshire village.

Developers have submitted plans to build the facility which will decontaminate more than 60,000 tonnes of polluted soil so it can be used in the construction of a new golf course in Renishaw.

Villagers fear the proposed Station Road waste plant would cause health problems – but applicants Ash Renishaw Ltd have moved to allay concerns.

In a statement, campaign group Renishaw Against Ash said: “People are fearful over the long-term health implications of breathing in emissions from a plant decontaminating hazardous wastes.

“Above all we are united in the belief that Station Road is the wrong site for this facility.

“It’s in the centre of the village and too close to homes, businesses and schools as well as Chesterfield Canal, the Trans Pennine Trail and rivers Rother and Doe Lea.”

The group added lorries would have to carry waste to and from the site via “unsuitable and unsafe” roads and country lanes at various points throughout the day.

About 500 people have signed an petition against the plans. However, Ash Renishaw Ltd has sought to reassure residents.

A company spokesman said: “The waste materials aren’t toxic – it won’t do anyone any harm –and the waste plant will be contained to minimise the release of pollution and odour.” The company said it would work under a legally-binding environmental permit and added road safety would not be an issue. Derbyshire County Council will make a decision on the proposals later this year.