Organic waste plant for Asfordby mine site?

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ASFORDBY residents are being urged to have their say on a potential waste plant being considered for the former mine site.

A consultation has been launched by County Hall seeking householders’ views on nine locations around the county where waste could be treated, recycled or disposed of.

The sites are contained in a Waste Development Framework document compiled by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council who are required to identify where waste can be processed in Leicester and Leicestershire up until 2021.

Before final decisions are taken, residents and local agencies are being consulted and the list will be examined by a government inspector. Any proposed developments would need planning permission before they can proceed.

The former Asfordby mine, which has also been earmarked for a nine-turbine windfarm, is on the list of nine potential sites, whittled down from 20.

The proposal is for an anaerobic digestion system for organic waste from commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors.

It’s anticipated the system could be for up to 50,000 tonnes per annum with about 130 lorries visiting the site each week. Access would be via the A6006, Welby Road and Welby Lane.

Asfordby Parish Council has already advised County Hall that, in its view, the site isn’t suitable due to the inadequate road structure, the proximity of Welby Brook and the likelihood of flooding on the site.

The parish council will be discussing the issue further at a meeting next Thursday (February 17).

The consultation runs until March 21.

Comments can be made through the county council’s website - www.leics.gov.uk/site_allocations_document - or by calling (0116) 305 72 92 to request a form.

More information will be available at a community forum meeting being held at Melton Mowbray Royal British Legion Club, Keswick House, Thorpe End, next Thursday (February 17), 6pm-9pm.

Officers will be available to answer questions half-an-hour before the start.