Public Meetings on July 13th and 25th
Peterborough City Council is to hold two public meetings about plans to build a renewable energy plant near the famous Flag Fen Bronze Age site.
Local residents and businesses will get the opportunity to question the company behind the £250 million, 29-acre waste processing energy park proposed for the site at Fengate in Cambridgeshire.
The two-hour meetings will be held on July 13 at Peterborough Central Library and on July 25 at Peterborough Town Hall Council Chamber.
The developers estimate that the plant could handle more than a million tonnes of waste each year. Innovative technology will then be used to generate electricity by burning the waste along with biomass (organic matter such as plants) at very high temperatures in an oxygen deficient environment.
Dr Pryor recognises the importance of renewable energy: "Anyone living in the fens has to be in favour of any electricity generation which doesn't contribute to global warming and I'm wholly in favour, in principle. But," he added, the location of the plant "seems to me really very insensitive." While he considers the possibility of a visitor centre at the plant to be a good idea, he added: "It isn't going to make up for the impact of the development."
Responsibility for approving or disapproving the planning application lies with the Department for Trade and Industry. The city council has until September to compile a report and make comments for consideration.
For more information about the development visit http://www.prel-online.co.uk and to see the full planning application online see the Peterborough City Council website
Taken from the 24hourmuseum article at
Posted by Rhiannon
1st July 2005ce
Edited 1st July 2005ce