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Gedling Lib Dems say Anaerobic Digestion Plant on Colliery Site is wrong location

October 25, 2014 12:15 PM

Tamar Energy have now submitted a Planning Application to the County Council to build an Anaerobic Digestion Plant on the Gedling Colliery site. The site they have chosen is on "brownfield" disused land that was previously part of the colliery. It is located at the bottom of the colliery spoil heap that is currently being developed into the Gedling Country Park. The site which Tamar want to build on, is nearly half a kilometre from Arnold Lane and nearly two thirds of a kilometre from Lambley Lane.

Gedling Colliery site

Left: the far end of the old colliery lane (near to the old Gedling tip.) Any digestion plant would be located some distance away from this site near to the bottom of the spoil heap

Why we oppose the Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Gedling Colliery Site:

Traffic. Tamar Energy want to use Arnold Lane and Shearing Hill to bring in lorries with the food waste onto the old colliery site. This would mean seven extra lorry journeys per hour when the digestion plant was open. We think these roads are already full to capacity.

Smells. There is concern about the smells that could arise from the handling of the food waste at the plant. At present houses are a good distance from the site but with the planned development of the colliery site new houses could be built only 50 metres away from the site. Would anyone want to live in houses so close to the digestion plant?

Pollutants. As well as the issue of odours from food waste, there is concern about the release of pollutants into the atmosphere due to the burning of the methane produced in the anaerobic digestion process. The Local Plan has earmarked the building of a primary school only 30 metres away from the site.

We have set out in greater detail on our website more of our concerns about the digestion plant proposal. It also explains how local residents can object to the proposal with the County Council. Go to: www.gedlinglibdems.org.uk

The deadline for objections to the digestion plant has now been extended to 21st November 2014.