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Public backs Quarry power project

Created on 21/12/2016 @ 08:29
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Developers hoping to build an £80million power project at Buttington Quarry say they have received a warm response from residents following their open day.

Over 100 members of the public visited the consultation event regarding the proposed Buttington Quarry Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Welshpool Livestock Sales.

Visitors were able to view the specially designed 3-D model of the proposed ERF and meet with key officials.

The development represents an investment of £80million in the area and would generate enough power to supply the needs of around 8,000 homes in the region, according to the developers who say more than 30 long term jobs would be created.

Alistair Hilditch-Brown of Broad Energy said: “The Buttington ERF will bring a wide range of environmental and economic benefit. Critically it could divert waste from landfill helping Powys meet its recycling and recovery targets whilst at the same time providing potential savings of over £1m per annum in waste disposal costs.

“We were delighted with the attendance at the exhibition; there was a steady stream of people throughout the day. We will be considering all the feedback from local people and from our consultation questionnaire before finalising our plans. We appreciate that impact on local roads was an important issue raised by local residents and we will be looking at ways to minimise any potential impact.”

Their survey shows:

·      70% agreed with the use of residual waste as a fuel to reduce the amount sent to landfill, compared with 15% who disagreed

·      66% agreed with the use of thermal treatment of non-recyclable waste to generate electricity, compared to 21% who disagreed

·      55% supported the redevelopment of the quarry for employment, compared to 30% that disagreed

·      55% thought the quarry void was a good location for the ERF, whereas 36% disagreed

·      45% agreed that they supported the proposal and 38% disagreed.

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