Progress on waste station ‘impressive’
Concerns remain over impact on environment
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.”