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Residents fear new food waste plant would 'ruin' Ramsbottom
A PROTEST group has been set up to oppose plans for a food waste plant in a disused quarry near Ramsbottom.
Peel Environmental and Marshalls want to build the anaerobic digestion facility, which breaks down waste to create green energy, at Fletcher Bank Quarry.
But residents and a local councillor claim the plans would ‘ruin’ Ramsbottom.
The plant would process 45,000 tonnes of waste each year to generate electricity.
But concerns have been raised about the smell and increased traffic.
A new group called Ramsbottom Against Waste Site (RAWS) has been set up by residents to fight the plans.
Karen Pollard-Rylance, chair of RAWS, who lives in Bury Old Road, Shuttleworth, 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.
“The plan will mean more traffic and lorries thundering through our gorgeous village and town.”
Coun Ian Bevan said the residents' group was being supported by David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, and other local councillors. He said: “Residents of Shuttleworth and Ramsbottom do not want a waste plant right on their doorstep.
“Within just 100m of the site boundary of the proposed plant there are over 100 properties, 250 residents, two restaurants, three sites of scientific biological interest and at least one natural watercourse. Just 200m away is Peel Brow Primary School.
“Just think of the potential pollution – with smells, noise and traffic that we, as local residents, would have to put up with.”
The deadline for submitting objections is October 11.
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.”
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