Controversial waste plant plans near Ramsbottom listed for approval

Coun Ian Bevan

Coun Ian Bevan

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a waste plant near Ramsbottom have been listed for approval – despite vocal opposition and almost 2,000 objections.

Councillors meet on Tuesday to decide whether or not the anaerobic digestion plant at Fletcher Bank Quarry in Shuttleworth should be given planning permission.

Owners Peel Environmental claim that the facility would bring £15million to the local economy.

But Ramsbottom councillor Ian Bevan urged residents, 1,900 of whom have signed a petition, to redouble their efforts to stop planners approving the application.

He said: “We now have a real battle on our hands .

“I would ask as many residents as possible to attend the meeting.

“Please be at Bury Town Hall for 6.30pm on Tuesday with banners and placards showing your views, so that we can try and convince the councillors to refuse the application.”

Peel wants to build the site, which would create electricity by using food by-products, and Tamar Energy would run the facility.

The electricity would be used by Marshalls Plc to power its activities on the site.

A spokesman for the three firms said: “An economic study has revealed that the proposed AD facility in Ramsbottom would represent an investment of over £15million for the local economy.

“The research, carried out by independent specialists Regeneris on behalf of Peel Environmental and Marshalls, shows that during the construction phase the site would support 175 full-time jobs, and create around 10 additional full-time jobs once the facility is operational.”

An application to Bury Council for the anaerobic digestion plant was withdrawn in November after council officers asked for clarification on a number of issues.

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10:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

RammyBorn says...

"Owners Peel Environmental claim that the facility would bring £15million to the local economy."...........
...a figure plucked out of a hat!! Pay any consultancy company enough money and you can tell them what you want to hear! Peel have offered no evidence for this spurious figure!

"Peel wants to build the site, which would create electricity by using food by-products, and Tamar Energy would run the facility."..........
..........It would create electricity only for use by Marshalls (this they themselves have admitted) , not a single watt is available for any resident of Ramsbottom. It is Ramsbottom, Edenfield, Shuttleworth, and Summerseat residents that will suffer all the losses through devastation of the local hospitality and tourism industry, and consequently 100's of jobs that will be lost due to the inevitable contraction as thousands of tourists will simply stay away.

"the site would support 175 full-time jobs, and create around 10 additional full-time jobs once the facility is operational.”.....
............175 full-time jobs wouldn't be for any Ramsbottom resident and they would only be temporary anyway as the construction of this plant wouldn't take more than a few months. Building this kind of plant isn't a bricks & mortar type job that can be picked up by a labourer, this is a massive steel & technological construction project tackled by a company that will no doubt bus construction engineers in for the duration, again no advantage for any Ramsbottom resident. Peel & Tamar have themselves stated it would only create 5 full time jobs!........is this a fair trade for the hundreds of jobs and livelihoods lost in the local Ramsbottom economy!?

"despite vocal opposition and almost 2,000 objections."........
..there are significantly more than 2,000 objections not just through the Bury planning portal, but on-line petitions, a facebook page, and a website dedicated to the campaign by the local protest group 'RAWS'!!

Again Peel (I won't add the 'Environmental' because they are anything but!) have deep pockets and simply ride roughshod over anyone that stands in their way (Barton Moss fracking, davyhulme incinerator etc). It doesn't go unnoticed that Mr Whittaker (head of Peel) lives in his Isle of Man tax haven and the enormous string of companies under the Peel banner are persistently investigated for tax evasion!

Peel are a scurrilous, tax evading, exploitative group of companies who contribute little to the UK economy, take so much from the taxpayer, and contribute so much to the devastation of local economies through sheer greed. This plant is poised to destroy hundreds of jobs in a town with a population of only 17,000, destroy the local industry, and destroy property prices....for what!!?......5 full time jobs!?

This has to stop else Bury council will forever be associated, and culpable, for the destruction of a whole town and its surrounding communities.
"Owners Peel Environmental claim that the facility would bring £15million to the local economy."........... ...a figure plucked out of a hat!! Pay any consultancy company enough money and you can tell them what you want to hear! Peel have offered no evidence for this spurious figure! "Peel wants to build the site, which would create electricity by using food by-products, and Tamar Energy would run the facility.".......... ..........It would create electricity only for use by Marshalls (this they themselves have admitted) , not a single watt is available for any resident of Ramsbottom. It is Ramsbottom, Edenfield, Shuttleworth, and Summerseat residents that will suffer all the losses through devastation of the local hospitality and tourism industry, and consequently 100's of jobs that will be lost due to the inevitable contraction as thousands of tourists will simply stay away. "the site would support 175 full-time jobs, and create around 10 additional full-time jobs once the facility is operational.”..... ............175 full-time jobs wouldn't be for any Ramsbottom resident and they would only be temporary anyway as the construction of this plant wouldn't take more than a few months. Building this kind of plant isn't a bricks & mortar type job that can be picked up by a labourer, this is a massive steel & technological construction project tackled by a company that will no doubt bus construction engineers in for the duration, again no advantage for any Ramsbottom resident. Peel & Tamar have themselves stated it would only create 5 full time jobs!........is this a fair trade for the hundreds of jobs and livelihoods lost in the local Ramsbottom economy!? "despite vocal opposition and almost 2,000 objections."........ ..there are significantly more than 2,000 objections not just through the Bury planning portal, but on-line petitions, a facebook page, and a website dedicated to the campaign by the local protest group 'RAWS'!! Again Peel (I won't add the 'Environmental' because they are anything but!) have deep pockets and simply ride roughshod over anyone that stands in their way (Barton Moss fracking, davyhulme incinerator etc). It doesn't go unnoticed that Mr Whittaker (head of Peel) lives in his Isle of Man tax haven and the enormous string of companies under the Peel banner are persistently investigated for tax evasion! Peel are a scurrilous, tax evading, exploitative group of companies who contribute little to the UK economy, take so much from the taxpayer, and contribute so much to the devastation of local economies through sheer greed. This plant is poised to destroy hundreds of jobs in a town with a population of only 17,000, destroy the local industry, and destroy property prices....for what!!?......5 full time jobs!? This has to stop else Bury council will forever be associated, and culpable, for the destruction of a whole town and its surrounding communities. RammyBorn
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7:44am Thu 13 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

No surprise at all.
No surprise at all. pdb951
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11:44am Thu 13 Mar 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I would laugh if they changed the plans to build a small nuclear power plant!
I would laugh if they changed the plans to build a small nuclear power plant! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -6

2:25pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Rammy Born says...

This decision and all the whining done by council members about social media at the meeting (I was there and witnessed it) simply demonstrates the days of councillors passing decisions like this won't go unchallenged by the public who would have been directly affected by this crass and dangerous monstrosity.

Perhaps this speaks volumes about the lack of accountability to the public they are supposed to represent that we had t take to social media and the internet to make our voice heard!?
This decision and all the whining done by council members about social media at the meeting (I was there and witnessed it) simply demonstrates the days of councillors passing decisions like this won't go unchallenged by the public who would have been directly affected by this crass and dangerous monstrosity. Perhaps this speaks volumes about the lack of accountability to the public they are supposed to represent that we had t take to social media and the internet to make our voice heard!? Rammy Born
  • Score: 3

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