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Residents fight plan for Ramsbottom quarry
5:28pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
BATTLE lines have been drawn over a controversial plan to develop a Ramsbottom quarry.
Last week, The Bury Times revealed that Peel Holdings wants to build an energy plant at Fletcher Bank Quarry, off Manchester Road.
It has tabled a planning application to Bury Council and has also tabled a second application for permission to infill the northern part of the quarry with some of the materials from the energy plant.
Some have welcomed the plant as a low carbon way of producing energy, while others have expressed concern about possible odours, noise and extra traffic.
So far, 48 people have formally objected to the energy plant proposal, while two people have formally supported it.
Nineteen people have formally objected to the infill proposal.
The public consultation was due to end on September 6, but the council has extended it until October 11 — and Bury planning committee is set to reach a decision at a town hall meeting on October 15.
The councillors who are members of the committee are expected to visit the site and, on the night of the meeting, they will hear one objector and a Peel Holdings representative argue their respective cases for two minutes each before making a decision.
Ramsbottom Cllr Ian Bevan said a group of residents were so concerned about the applications they have formed a campaign group, Ramsbottom Against Waste Site (RAWS), whose website is ramsbottomagainst wastesite.com Cllr Bevan, who has written a five-page objection letter to the council, said: “I have been working closely with the residents. We are currently gathering data, researching and preparing a response.”
A spokesman for Peel Holdings said that if permission is granted, the firm would put strict odour control measures in place and would not increase the number of vehicle movements.
He added: “At Fletcher Bank, there is an existing concrete manufacturing facility owned and operated by Marshalls.
“It uses a significant amount of energy and Marshalls is seeking alternative low-carbon renewable energy sources.
“What we are proposing is a significant enhancement to the industrial activities on the site.”
However, the RAWS campaigners claim it would damage local businesses, lead to job losses when other firms “have to relocate”, lead to house prices falling, fewer tourists visiting Ramsbottom and damage the town’s natural beauty.
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