Progress on waste sta­tion ‘im­pres­sive’

Con­cerns re­main over im­pact on en­vi­ron­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­

COUN­CIL­LORS are im­pressed with a new £200 mil­lion energy from waste plant, which re­quires a con­tro­ver­sial waste trans­fer sta­tion.

Bucks County coun­cil­lors are pleased with the progress of the plant in Great­moor, in the north of the county, which is due to open in spring next year.

County coun­cil­lor for Chal­font St Peter, said: “This will be a won­der­ful fa­cil­ity for the res­i­dents of Buck­ing­hamshire and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The new fa­cil­ity will be fi­nan­cially ben­e­fi­cial for coun­cil tax pay­ers and dis­pose of waste in the most en­vi­ron­men­tally­sus­tain­able way for all of our res­i­dents.”

A pro­posed waste trans­fer sta­tion in Lon­don Road East in Amer­sham would sort out waste be­fore it would be trans­ferred to the plant.

How­ever, the sta­tion has proved very con­tro­ver­sial as a group of cam­paign­ers, The Wasters are con­cerned about the de­vel­op­ment on green belt land, wor­ried it will bring in heavy traf­fic to the area and could pol­lute the area’s wa­ter sup­ply. The Wasters have cam­paigned tire­lessly against the lo­ca­tion of the waste trans­fer sta­tion.

The plant would change the way the county pro­cesses waste as it would be burned to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity rather than dis­pos­ing of it in land­fill.

Chair­man of the county coun­cil, Bill Chap­ple, said: “It’s phe­nom­e­nal. I was very im­pressed. The new ac­cess road is bril­liant. It takes away huge vol­umes of traf­fic from the sur­round­ing vil­lages.”

Cab­i­net mem­ber for plan­ningan­den­vi­ron­ment, War­ren Whyte, said: “I was im­pressed at how

KICKER: Bucks County Coun­cil­lor David Martin with Gil­lian Sin­clair of FCC at the new waste trans­fer sta­tion near com­ple­tion it is. The ac­cess road to the A41 is progress of the pro­ject has op­er­a­tional and that FCC re­ally cracked on. I was is now get­ting ready for also pleas­antly struck by the com­mis­sion­ing part the num­ber of peo­ple of the process later this em­ployed at the site – year, in which they will there are cur­rently 450 start to burn waste in work­ers there. prepa­ra­tion for open­ing

“I am pleased to see the next year.”

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