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Energy bosses' pledge on Ramsbottom anaerobic digestion plant plan
The energy company behind a proposed anaerobic digestion plant in Ramsbottom has now pledged to work with the local residents and provide the ‘full facts’ on the development.
Tamar Energy is sending newsletters to around 900 households to explain their plans for the plant at Fletcher Bank Quarry.
Peel Holdings has submitted proposals to Bury Council to develop the site, and if permission is granted, renewable energy firm Tamar Energy would build and run the facility.
The anaerobic digestion plant would create electricity by using food by-products such as foodstocks.
The proposals have been met with opposition by residents, and a campaign group, Ramsbottom Against Waste Site (RAWS) has been established to fight the plans.
It said the plant could create extra noise and traffic and could lead to bad odours, with the group chairwoman, Karen Pollard-Rylance, saying the plant could ‘ruin Ramsbottom’.
However, Tamar Energy said the facility would prevent around 45,000 tonnes of food waster going to landfill and create enough renewable energy for around 3,500 homes.
The firm will also hold two consultation events where residents can discuss any concerns they have with their staff on Septmeber 18 and October 16, both running from 2pm to 6pm in the Holcombe Room at Ramsbottom Civic Hall.
Coun Ian Bevan said “Residents do not want a waste plant right on their doorstep.
“Just think of the potential pollution – with smells, noise and traffic that we, as local residents, would have to put up with.”
David Walsh, business development manager at Tamar Energy, said: “We know and understand people can feel very strongly when something new is proposed in their community.
“It’s only natural that people have questions about how new, more environmentally sustainable ways to treat food and organic waste will affect and benefit them.
“We have pledged to work hard to minimise any potential issues, which is why we’re contacting people directly and holding a number of information days so we can address people’s concerns.”
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