Councillors object to the temporary waste management facility being planned on Weston Road
Plans to build a plant to burn domestic and business waste have been seriously questioned by Crewe Town Council, who are concerned about the impact it may have on high profile businesses close to the planned site, who have greatly invested in the area.
Cheshire East has received an application from OSL Global, for permission to run a temporary waste management plant at the Storage Boost warehouse on Weston Road.
The advanced thermal treatment (ATT) operation is planned to run for five years, six days a week and twenty-four hours a day. There will be a maximum of four trucks working per day, within normal working hours.
At a town council planning meeting, which was held on Tuesday, June 28, councillors voiced there concerns and strongly opposed the proposal, saying that the area is of mixed use and that another location should be found.
In April this year, The Premier Inn was given planning permission to make their hotel bigger by adding fourteen more rooms and a brand new play area has just opened at the Brocklebank Pub.
The proposed plant site is near the train station, which has over 1m people travelling through it every year and is also near the Royal Mail centre.
Councillors objected to the plans for other reasons, including strong worries over the potential impact of odour during transfer of waste, and from the unit when the doors are open, noise on hotel guests at night, and emissions where its unclear what they are going to be.
However, councillors did congratulate the proposed new facility for the use of its new technology and saw no problem with the facility going ahead with its plans, so long as they found a new place to run its operation from. Some councillors think that the new facility could be merged into the Maw Green landfill.
Suzanne Brookfield, councillor for Crewe East and who covers the Weston Road area, has sent a letter to the chairman of the southern planning committee, requesting that the application be called in – meaning that the decision is made by Cheshire East members, not a planning officer who will be acting under delegated authority.
Councillor Brookfield also said that the application would be scuppered because she believes that there is a restricted covenant on that particular piece of land which prevents the disposal, or treatment of any refuge or sewage.
The application from OSL Global, which has been submitted to the council, states that they would like to create a small single ATT modular unit waste facility, one that has the capacity to treat 180 tonnes of mixed bag waste every week.
“The proposed waste facility will not be a storage site for waste but simply providing sufficient buffer to operate the single batch unit effectively 24 hours a day, six days a week. The facility will have odour control for the general air within the building where the waste will be placed before passing into the ATT system”, states the report.
Waste taken to the proposed facility will come from the Cheshire East area and will include domestic black bag waste and residual waste before its recycled. Waste will also come from ANSA, OSL Global’s own domestic waste, OSL project waste from the railways and other residual domestic type waste from businesses within Crewe.
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