Councils need to get tough over waste lorries to be travelling through eco-valley

TOUGH controls will be needed over lorries travelling to and from the new proposed waste facility at Manvers, says MP John Healey.

The Wentworth and Dearne MP says he wants a low carbon Dearne eco-valley, and he expects local councils “to drive a good deal”, following the news that specialist waste operator 3SE has been chosen as the preferred developer of the Bolton Road site.

As part of the planning application that will be submitted, there must be stringent control over the wagons entering and leaving the site, said Mr Healey.

He added: “I know and understand that the idea of a new waste facility sparks strong emotions in local residents. But we have to find new ways of dealing with the leftover household waste we send to landfill.

“Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plants are already working throughout the UK and Europe. The technologies are safe and the plant will have to meet highest industry standards and regulations.

“The project will mean hundreds of jobs at construction phase and 65 permanent jobs when it is up and running.

“I want as many as possible to go to people who live nearby.”

Mr Healey would say no more on the traffic impact of the scheme at this stage, stating that details of routes and vehicle numbers will be released for comment later on.

Infrastructure is a prime concern of Dearne Valley AIM – a group that formed to fight an incinerator at Manvers.

At the Manvers site, 3SE intends to process bin waste to produce a solid recovered fuel.

This will be taken to a multi-fuel plant at Ferrybridge, next to the power station where it will help generate electricity.

A transfer station at Grange Lane in Barnsley will hold waste in bulk. There will clearly be a great deal of movement between sites.

Along with the waste unit, locals are concerned about a new proposed Aldi super depot at Goldthorpe.

Some 33 wagons would leave that site three times a day – with 34 HGV deliveries in between 7am- 3pm.

Last year, Aldi re-affirmed its intention to build the £25m barn at Commercial Road, Goldthorpe – despite some objections, due in part to fears of traffic congestion.