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Traffic fears over Ramsbottom bio-fuel plant plan
4:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A DEVELOPER has applied to bring a bio-fuel plant to Ramsbottom which a councillor has warned will bring increased traffic to the town.
Peel Holdings was given permission by Bury Council in 2005 to remove hard rock from Fletcher Bank Quarry on the condition that it stops in 2042 and restores the site by 2043.
Now, the firm wants to build an anaerobic digestion facility (ADF), which uses food by-products known as feedstock to generate electricity in a complex process.
It also wants to fill the northern part of the quarry with some of the materials from the ADF.
Peel representatives held a public meeting with site neighbours at Ramsbottom Civic Hall in June and sent newsletters.
But Ramsbottom Coun Ian Bevan expressed concern about the plans.
He said: “It will involve approximately 1.5million tonnes of extra landfill being brought to the site, along with a significant number of lorries trundling through Shuttleworth on a daily basis.
“If Peel was to dump this additional waste, it has the potential to increase its income.
“This is all the more concerning as it was a seemingly innocuous proposal tagged on the back of an application for a controversial anaerobic digestion facility.”
A Peel spokesman said: “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.”
If permission is granted, renewable energy firm Tamar Energy would build and run the ADF site. It would operate for at least 25 years.
The spokesman added the firm would put strict measures in place to ensure smells did not cause a nuisance to neighbours and the Environment Agency would monitor emissions.
A Bury Council spokesman said the applications would be publicised in the next few days.
The authority will write to site neighbours and invite them to raise views during a consultation process.
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