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Campaign stepped up over Ramsbottom food waste plan
CAMPAIGNERS are speaking out over controversial plans to build an energy plant in Ramsbottom.
Plans submitted by Peel Holdings to develop Fletcher Bank Quarry, off Manchester Road, have been met with opposition from people living nearby.
Peel Holdings wants to build an anaerobic digestion (AD) centre, which creates electricity by using food by-products such as feedstock in a complex process.
Those in favour say that the plant will help to produce energy with fewer carbon emissions, while opponents fear the plant could create noise and extra traffic, as well as bad odours. The firm has submitted a planning application to Bury Council to develop an energy plant, as well as a second proposal to infill the northern part of the quarry with some of the materials from the energy plant.
So far, 76 people have formally objected to the energy plant proposal, with two people in favour, and 42 people have formally objected to the infill proposal.
Karen Pollard-Rylance, chairwoman of RAWS, said: “Ramsbottom has, over the years, moved on from being just another former mill town and has been transformed into the jewel of Bury’s tourism crown and a destination for tourists and foodies. We don’t want it smelling of decomposing food waste.
“I am urging residents not to stand back and let this development ruin Ramsbottom.
“Other AD plants have been plagued by smell problems. The plan will mean more traffic and lorries thundering through our gorgeous village and town.”
Peel Holdings has tried to allay concerns and has said if it is granted permission, strict odour-control measures would be introduced and that the amount of traffic would not increase.
Bury Council has extended the deadline of the public consultation until October, with the plans due to be discussed by the planning committee on October 15.
Colin Butterworth, a member of the RAWS group, was also involved in a campaign formed in 1998 to fight a proposal to use the quarry for landfill.
It was eventually successful when Bury Council rejected the proposals in March, 2002. Mr Butterworth said: “Yet again, Peel is back with a proposal that totally ignores the amenity, well-being and views of the approximate 3,000 people who live within one kilometre of Fletcher Bank.”
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