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‘We want council to listen to us’
FRUSTRATED objectors urged Cheshire East Council to listen to concerns about a proposed waste and power plant in Twemlow at a parish council meeting last week.
Clr Michael Jones, the leader of the authority, was met with banners and posters on his arrival at a meeting of Twemlow Parish Council, as a large crowd turned out to put forward concerns over the proposed biodigester.
Fears include the impact of traffic and odours on the hamlet.
“Other plants have been approved by the Environment Agency yet have gone on to have horrendous problems with horrendous smells,” said Janet Capper, spokesperson for the Twemlow and Goostrey No To Waste Plant group.
“I urge you and Cheshire East to take note of the 600 plus names objecting to the proposal and protect the environment and not just leave it to the Environment Agency.”
The proposal includes 47,000 tonnes of slurry and food waste entering the AD plant and 41,000 tonnes of digestate being removed.
“There are houses right up to the perimeter, and 13 new houses are currently being built on the neighbouring field,” said Ms Capper.
“Clr Jones expressed an interest in on-farm anaerobic digestion for dealing with farmers’ own slurry.
“Fine – the trouble is this is an application for an industrial scale centralised AD plant for predominantly food waste, an inappropriate spot too close to homes.
“It clearly resonates with people as our website has had nearly 17,000 views.”
The Environment Agency has previously objected to two proposals from applicant Ray Brown, but his new odour management plan is currently being assessed.
Clr Jones said: “This council supports the concept of anaerobic digestion.
“However, all waste sites must take into account locality factors and environmental issues.
“On this site the Environment Agency must be happy with emissions – especially smells and safety.
“Cheshire East Council has no further comment to make at this stage as the application is in abeyance until the Environment Agency publishes its views and officers consider the recommendations.
“Any final decision would be made by the cross-party members of the strategic planning board, having heard opinions for and against the scheme.”
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