Huge Dearne waste plant sparks traffic nightmare fears

The new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham
The new waste treatment facility at Manvers in Rotherham

Lorry movements to and from a huge new waste process plant will cause a traffic nightmare, residents fear.

The £750 million BDR Waste Partnership plant opened in Manvers on Monday.

Sean Gibbons, of Mexborough.

Sean Gibbons, of Mexborough.

It will process 1,000 tonnes of household waste from across Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley every day once it is fully operational.

However, project bosses revealed 150 lorries will transport waste in and out of the site daily – sparking concerns the move will clog up the area’s already saturated road network.

Residents fear Doncaster Road, Mexborough, will be brought to a standstill after it was identified as one of the main routes for lorry movements.

Father-of-two Sean Gibbons, aged 40, of Park Road, Mexborough, said: “At rush hour, the road is grid locked as it is.

“The road goes through Conisbrough and Denaby, but it is worst in Mexborough.

“I can’t imagine how bad it will be when you add in all these lorry movements on top.”

Plasterer Andy Antcliffe, aged 46, who works at Cornice Designs, close to the waste plant, said: “It will just take even longer to get into work.”

And Manvers-based business owner Paul Collinswood, aged 52, said: “They have put the facility in the wrong place. The roads won’t be able to handle it.”

A map released by the Barnsley Doncaster Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership, which will operate the facility, shows there will be about 750 lorry movements in and out of the site every week.

This includes 43 truck loads per day along Doncaster Road.

A BDR spokeswoman said the routes were approved by planning chiefs at Rotherham Council in 2012.

She said: “The majority of the movements will take place during the day to coincide with the refuse collection service run by Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley Councils.

Refuse collection vehicles journeys to and from the site will mainly take place outside of peak hours due to the logistics of their collection rounds, thus avoiding the busiest times of day.

“Peak times are expected to be between 10am and 11am, and between 1pm and 2.30pm.”

The Bolton Road site, which has created 40 new jobs, will deal with 250,000 tonnes of waste per annum over the next 25 years, from 340,000 South Yorkshire households.

The rubbish will be treated in a ‘mechanical biological treatment’ facility designed to maximise recycling by extracting any overlooked plastic, steel, aluminium and glass.

Any remaining material will either be sent to power firm Scottish and Southern Energy’s Ferrybridge Power Station in West Yorkshire for energy production, or used on site to produce electricity and form compost.

It will help to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 114,000 tonnes a year.

Government grants totalling £77.4 million paid for the building’s construction and it will be fully operational by July.

The BDR Waste Partnership operation is made up of the Shanks Group, one of Europe’s leading waste management businesses, Scottish and Southern Energy and the councils in Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley in a deal worth more than £750 million.

Beth Clarke, site manager, said: “This facility will increase recycling, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, make energy from waste and create new jobs.”