Have your say on waste plant plans

An artist's impression of the new waste composting plant at Manvers.
An artist's impression of the new waste composting plant at Manvers.

THE chance for people from Mexborough, the Dearne and all surrounding areas to view and query plans for the new waste recycling plant at Manvers begins next week.

And for the first time, the traffic routes to be used by wagons entering and leaving the site will be shown, along with the numbers of HGVs involved.

The plans for a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant, to treat household and now some commercial waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham councils has yet to gain planning permission.

But if it goes ahead, the facility run by 3SE - a partnership between Shanks Group PLC and Scottish and Southern Energy will handle up to 265,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Exhibitions detailing the plans for the Bolton Road, Manvers site, with project officers on hand to answer questions, will be as follows:

Friday July 15 (3pm - 7.30pm) - Montgomery Hall, Church Street, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham S63 7RD

Saturday July 16 (11am - 4pm) - Mexborough Resource Centre, Dolcliffe Road, Mexborough, Doncaster S64 9AZ

Saturday July 23 (12pm - 4pm) - Dearne Advanced Learning Centre, Goldthorpe Road, Barnsley S63 9EW

These mark the start of a public consultation period on behalf of the BDR Waste Partnership and 3SE.

The planned MBT plant will dry the waste and recover and process other materials that can be re-used, such as metals, glass, plastics, compost, stone and grit, to be used to generate electricity in a multi-fuel plant at Ferrybridge. There will be a further, smaller Anaerobic Digestion unit to compost residues from the MBT plant, producing renewable energy and a soil nutrient.

Operations at the plant will take place indoors, says 3SE, with bio-filters to prevent smells or dust leaving the plant.

But pollution is a main concern of residents throughout the area who will be affected by waste wagon convoys.

To date, no details have been revealed of the wagon routes - but there will be scores of them passing through built-up areas on a regular basis.

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey has called for scrutiny of the road network, and this will be a main issue to be considered within the forthcoming planning application, that should be submitted in the Autumn.

Feedback forms will be available at the exhibitions.

Stephen Ray, a spokesman for Shanks, said: “This facility will enable us to deal effectively with the Councils’ residual waste while creating energy and re-using materials that would otherwise go to landfill. Burying waste in holes in the ground is no longer sustainable, as it produces methane which is 21 times more harmful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

“There are also increasing financial penalties for councils which fail to meet tough new targets for reducing landfill and these costs would have to be borne by council taxpayers.”