Plans to increase the capacity of an £80 million incinerator in Peterborough which has not even been built yet went on display to the public last week.
Bosses from Viridor Waste Management confirmed they have submitted an application to increase the waste capacity of the Fengate facility from 65,000 tonnes per year to 85,000,
They say that the increase in capacity at the plant, set to be built in Storeys Bar Road by 2015, is due to a projected rise in the amount of waste produced in the city as its population increases over the next 30 years.
This follows a report in the PT in August which revealed that the council’s projections for waste to be processed at the incinerator was reliant on city residents not increasing the amount of waste they create from 2020 onwards.
In May 2010, Peterborough City Council obtained planning permission for a 65,000 tonne per yer incinerator and Viridor will now have to wait to see if its new application is successful.
The proposals went on display to the public during a consultation event held at Club Caliente at the Parnwell Centre in Peterborough on Tuesday.
Viridor chiefs say that the plant will provide enough energy to power 15 per cent of the city’s homes.
However some residents who attended the meeting questioned the effect the facility will have on air quality and traffic.
Victor Perez-Mares, regional communications amanager for Viridor said: “We are applying to increase the capacity but also to make the overall size of the facility 40 per cent smaller.
“As more electricity is generated due to higher efficiency, the carbon footprint of the plant is further reduced.
“We want to make people aware that the technology being used in the plant is the very latest and also want to hear their thoughts on our ideas.
“Hundreds of jobs will also be created during the plant’s construction and once completed 25 permanent jobs will be created at the site, including apprenticeships.”
Pamela Chelmiah, chair of the Parnwell Residents’ Assocaition, said: “There are 1,600 homes in Parnwell, this will affect a lot of people, so I’m glad that the public got the chance to see the proposals.
“I don’t have a problem with the plans for the plant itself, but I am concerned about an increase in traffic.
“We already get a large number of lorries coming through Parnwell to get to local supermarkets and warehouses.
“I’m worried that when this gets built we will see even more coming through.”
Fiona Radic, of Peterborough Green Party, claimed: “The increased capacity is more than the amount of waste the city will be producing, even in 2040. We do not understand where all this waste is going to come from.”
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