Waste plant: 150 lorries a day

THE proposed new Manvers waste recycling plant could see 150 daily lorry movements on local roads.

The composter unit will handle up to 265,000 tonnes of waste a year for Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham boroughs.

Most heavily used routes will be Wath’s Golden Smithies Lane, with some 46 wagons using the A633 through Swinton and Rawmarsh on peak days.

Another 45 will use the A635 through Goldthorpe, 28 through Conisbrough from the A630, and some 15 will enter Mexborough congestion from Pastures Road.

The map of proposed routes, below, has been released by the BDR Waste Partnership, to show the maximum number of trucks travelling to the site.

But they claim numbers will be fewer on most days.

At a media briefing last week, representatives of 3SE – a partnership between Shanks Group PLC and Scottish and Southern Energy – said the site will operate round the clock, with deliveries from 6am to 7pm at night.

Exhibitions detailing the Bolton Road site plans, with project officers on hand, will take place on:

* Friday, July 15 (3-7.30pm) – Montgomery Hall, Church Street, Wath

* Saturday, July 16 (11am-4pm) – Mexborough Resource Centre, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough

* Saturday, July 23 (noon-4pm) – Dearne Advanced Learning Centre, Goldthorpe Road, Barnsley

They mark the start of a public consultation period on behalf of the BDR Waste Partnership and 3SE, prior to a planning application being submitted to Rotherham Council.

MP John Healey said: “I know how congested some local roads are, and I have been putting these concerns to senior officers and council leaders involved in the project for months.

“I’ve pressed for a proper assessment of what the traffic impact would be and have received assurances that lorries would avoid peak times and minor roads as much as possible. I expect our councils to secure conditions like this as part of the planning process.

“I also expect to see our councils getting the best deal on community benefit – and this should include investment in our roads.”

Shanks’ bid director Stephen Ray said a community liaison group would be set up to hear local people’s concerns.

He claimed traffic impact will be “minimal”, and that the plant represents local jobs and investment.

BDR has said that only municipal (household) waste will be handled, but plans now include 21,000 tonnes of commercial waste.