Feedback on Manvers waste plant published

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.

YOUR views about the proposed new waste facility on Bolton Road, Manvers have now been published online.

And the impact to local roads, from waste wagon traffic to and from the plant is clearly the main concern.

It has been revealed that there would be 300 lorry journeys a day, using the Dearne road network to and from Manvers.

Plant developers 3SE - a joint venture between Shanks Waste Solutions and Scottish & Southern Energy - held three public exhibitions in July at which local people could view and comment on the proposals.

The feedback from those events has now been published and can be read at

Shanks is developing plans to construct a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at Manvers. Once operational, it would recycle household and commercial waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, leaving 1.5 per cent to go to landfill.

Formal planning permission must still be acquired for the plant, and the public will have chance to comment on a submitted application.

Coun Richard Russell, Cabinet member for Waste Management at Rotherham Borough Council, said: “Holding a comprehensive consultation programme is a key part of this project for us and our colleagues at Barnsley and Doncaster. We wanted to make sure that everyone with an interest in the proposals was aware of what is being proposed and had a chance to consider the scheme and give us their input.”

Stephen Ray, Bid Director for the project at Shanks, said: “Traffic was clearly the key issue for those who had concerns. We will be discussing this, along with other issues such as flood risk, with the three local authorities and with our project team to make sure we find the right solutions.

“There were also a number of welcome suggestions and I was also pleased that we were able to address concerns around noise, dust and smells.

“Our consultation does not stop here. Since the exhibitions we have held further meetings with local groups and parish councils and will be continuing our dialogue with the community up to submission of our planning application and, if we are given planning approval, through and beyond the construction process.”