Campaigners to join councillors on waste plant visit

An artist's impression of the proposed new waste treatment facility at Bolton Road, Manvers.

An artist's impression of the proposed new waste treatment facility at Bolton Road, Manvers.

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CAMPAIGNERS against a waste unit being sited at Manvers, in the Dearne Valley, will travel to Cumbria this month to view a similar style plant in operation.

Committee members from the Bolton-on-Dearne based group will join officers from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils, along with the elected representatives from both Dearne North and Dearne South areas, for the visit.

The party will view a working Mechanical Biologicial Treatment (MBT) plant similar in type to the one proposed for Manvers. If approved, the Dearne plant will handle up to 265,000 tonnes of waste per year for Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham boroughs.

The MBT plant would produce a solid recovered fuel. There would also be an anaerobic digestion plant producing sustainable energy and a bio-compost. The solid fuel recovered would then be transported to a proposed multi-fuel plant next to an existing coal-fired power station at Ferrybridge, where it would be used to generate electricity.

The company selected to run the plant is 3SE, a partnership between Shanks group plc and Scottish and Southern Energy plc. Italian company Ecodeco have won the bid to build it.

A planning application has yet to be submitted for the scheme, but that process should begin within the next few weeks.

A series of public exhibitions on the proposals took place recently, and comments from the public have been invited.

To date, the levels of waste wagon traffic (up to 300 lorry journeys a day) on local roads, and sustainability are the main issues of concern.

Deliveries would be made from 6am to 7pm at night at the site, that would operate round the clock.