En­ergy plant plans de­layed

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - BIG PICTURE -

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.”

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