Energy plant plans delayed
CONTROVERSIAL £70m plans for the Barton Renewable Energy Plant have been put back.
Peel Holdings want to open the plant, which campaigners have dubbed the Davyhulme Incinerator, near Barton Bridge and the M60. Residents, led by the Breathe Clean Air Group, have fought a longrunning campaign to block the Barton Renewable Energy Plant over health concerns.
Residents say the plant will emit dangerous pollutants including arsenic, dioxins and nitrogen dioxide just 500 metres from the nearest homes.
Peel say that the biomass plant will power 37,000 homes using green technology, and create 100 construction jobs and 15 jobs at the plant.
The council has announced that work on the plant has been delayed, following a decision by Peel to investigate whether it could be made to operate more efficiently by generating heat and electricity.
Town hall bosses insist that if the plant is eventually built, they will ensure it causes no harm to residents.
A Peel Group spokesman said: “We have taken the opportunity to consider options for improving the sustainability of the scheme.”