Parish council oppose organic waste plant

7:08pm Friday 24th February 2012

By Zoe Forsey

PROPOSED plans to build an organic waste plant near Colney Heath have received opposition from a parish council.

London Colney Parish Council has announced its opposition to the plans for a large anaerobic digester in Coursers Road due to a number of issues including the increase in traffic and the risk of smells emanating from the plant.

Ian Orton, chair of the parish council, said: “The council fully supports the concept of anaerobic digestion but this project is too big, will involve in excess of at least 54 heavy lorry movements a day.

“The smells from Agrivert’s IVC facility at Ridge are already making life intolerable for many London Colney residents.”

However the parish council does not have the power to block the plans, which have to go before a planning authority. The proposals will be discussed by Hertfordshire County Council at a meeting on March 28 where a decision will be made.

If the plans are granted, the site could process and manage up to 48,500 tonnes of biodegradable organic waste each year which would produce enough electricity to power 4,500 homes.

Mr Orton hopes that county will take the parish council’s suggestion to reject the original plans, and instead look into a smaller project that will have less of an impact on the village

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