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Residents’ anger at waste plans for former Ravenhead site
6:06pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in News
NEIGHBOURS gathered to protest over proposals to build a recycling plant on a disused factory near their homes.
A planning application has been submitted by Organic Waste Management (St Helens) Ltd, to build a BioEnergy facility on the former Ravenhead Glass site.
If it gets the go-ahead the plant will handle 200,000 tonnes of various waste a year, separating recyclable materials and creating fuel for renewable heat and electricity.
However, residents who live near the Shires estate, which would back on to the facility, claim it would make their lives a misery.
They claim it is in effect “an incinerator”, although that term is not used in the plans.
Neighbours on The Shires estate cite concerns over smells, dust, noise, increased traffic and a possible drop in the value of their homes.
The company has said that it will undertake detailed measures to ensure smells and dust are contained and traffic kept to a strict timetable.
However, there was confusion among some neighbours when they turned up to a consultation at The World of Glass, expecting to hear more about the plans, when they were told about a possible separate development.
Although plans have not yet been submitted, Tamar Energy showcased proposals for another plant on the same site, which would convert waste food to electricity.
Protesting outside about their issues with the plan for the first factory, Pauline Flanagan, 46, said: “I live up the road from the site, and I’m outraged at the plans.
“What really worries me is the future for people in the surrounding area.
“It’s not just the people nearby; it will affect an area which pans miles around.”
Margaret Steadam, 59, from The Shires, said: “My biggest concern is the amount of traffic the factory will cause.
“Lorries will be passing through the area all day long, and there’s nothing stopping them from using our roads as shortcuts “The amount of pollution the lorries will generate will be sickening.”