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‘Incinerator’ plan on our doorstep?

Posted on March 20 2009 at 8:59:01

The prospect of a waste “incinerator” serving two counties has been added to the threat of thousands of new homes swamping Green Belt fields in this area.

Villagers already fear housing estates could be allowed to spread north from Redditch, through Bordesley and into Alvechurch parish.

Now they have been alerted to the chance of an “energy from waste” (EFW) plant being built on the doorstep at Ravensbank, north Redditch, close to the village of Beoley.

The threat was raised by Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth at an Alvechurch Parish Council meeting.

Discussing a consultation document on the future of waste management in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, he explained that the responsibility for waste disposal fell to Severn Waste Services under a PFI agreement with the counties.

“Severn Waste is looking for a site to put an Energy from Waste plant – in other words an incinerator,” said Coun Hollingworth. “They are looking at six different sites and one of those is on our patch at Ravensbank.”

He said there had been one report identifying an EFW plant as a preferred option and there would be another identifying sites for such a plant.

“My feeling is that when the second report comes out, they will recommend Ravensbank. It will cause problems for Redditch and for us.”

Worcestershire County Council will be responsible for giving planning permission. County council leader George Lord told The Village a decision had not yet been made on a site and that any application would be subject to the full planning process.

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