Keighley £120 million clean-energy complex gets the green light

Keighley News: The site at Marley earmarked for the 'clean energy' plant The site at Marley earmarked for the 'clean energy' plant

Keighley is to get a new £120 million energy complex on the site of an old gas works, despite locals’ concerns that it would give off “toxic smoke”.

The three plants will effectively burn non-recyclable waste for fuel, preventing it from having to be landfilled.

They are to be constructed on the derelict former gasworks site in Airedale Road, alongside the Aire Valley trunk road at Marley.

Already-processed commercial and industrial waste will be brought to the plants, which together will be capable of producing 80,000,000 kWh of electricity a year – virtually enough to power the whole town.

The Halton Group scheme got the green light today at Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee.

But the meeting heard that the National Trust was among those calling for its refusal.

Trust spokesman Barbara Hooper said a 60m stack which formed part of the plant, and a plume which it will give off, would harm the setting of the nearby East Riddlesden Hall, which the trust owns.

She said it would “introduce a very modern and intrusive feature” at a hall which now gave visitors “a sense of stepping back in time”.

And resident Sarah Nash-Myers, of nearby The Croft, said she would be worried about letting her children play outdoors in a “huge plume of toxic smoke”.

Officers told committee members that no serious concerns with noise, smells or air pollution were foreseen, and Public Health England had no objection to the scheme.

But they were told these aspects would be a matter for the Environment Agency to regulate as they would be the ones to issue a permit to the operators.

Coun Valerie Binney said while she had initially been torn by the proposal, having visited the site she had seen how many chimney stacks there were already on the landscape.

She said: “This facility is very badly needed by Bradford Council to counter the landfill sites.”

Coun Malcolm Sykes said he still had reservations.

He said: ”I’m still not quite certain that five or 10 years from now these people are not faced with smells or emissions that are carcinogenic.”

But he said that as long as local people got a chance to have their say in the Environment Agency’s permit process, he was content to back the application.

Three hundred jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase and once operational, 79 people would be employed in the plants and 99 in commercially-let offices.

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5:47pm Thu 3 Apr 14

marja269 says...

Living practically next door to this proposed site I am very concerned. The article above says Coun Sykes states "”I’m still not quite certain that five or 10 years from now these people are not faced with smells or emissions that are carcinogenic.”

But he said that as long as local people got a chance to have their say in the Environment Agency’s permit process, he was content to back the application.

I too am very concerned about the potential from carciogenic emissions and the fact that as far as I am aware local people have not had their say. Certainly no one has asked residents of our street or canvassed our opinion in any other manner. Is this part of the next process or do our concerns really not matter?
Living practically next door to this proposed site I am very concerned. The article above says Coun Sykes states "”I’m still not quite certain that five or 10 years from now these people are not faced with smells or emissions that are carcinogenic.” But he said that as long as local people got a chance to have their say in the Environment Agency’s permit process, he was content to back the application. I too am very concerned about the potential from carciogenic emissions and the fact that as far as I am aware local people have not had their say. Certainly no one has asked residents of our street or canvassed our opinion in any other manner. Is this part of the next process or do our concerns really not matter? marja269
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7:01pm Thu 3 Apr 14

steve10 says...

marja269
sorry to say but your views will not matter and this will go ahead without any thought for you or your neighbours and any one that says this plant will not emit any smells from delivery wagons or the process its self is a fool

! THEY ARE GOING TO PROCEES WASTE ! Take a trip to the recycling plant on canal road and take in the odours that come from that site.

Even the tip at Harding road smells sometimes if I have to go to any of the business down there it really dose turn your stomach.
marja269 sorry to say but your views will not matter and this will go ahead without any thought for you or your neighbours and any one that says this plant will not emit any smells from delivery wagons or the process its self is a fool ! THEY ARE GOING TO PROCEES WASTE ! Take a trip to the recycling plant on canal road and take in the odours that come from that site. Even the tip at Harding road smells sometimes if I have to go to any of the business down there it really dose turn your stomach. steve10
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1:27pm Sun 6 Apr 14

abh59 says...

All biodegradable waste will smell by its nature once bacteria gets to it and decomposition starts just lift the lid on you kitchen pedal bin and take a good sniff the scale it up tens of thousands of times, the heat given off accelerates the process so when you have a huge pile of it , its going to ripen very quickly, we all complain of needing cleaner cheaper power but nobody wants it near them, another concern for me is the fact its going to be run by a private company so will they be paying the council for for the waste that normally goes to landfill as a fuel source, or will the council be paying them to remove it?
All biodegradable waste will smell by its nature once bacteria gets to it and decomposition starts just lift the lid on you kitchen pedal bin and take a good sniff the scale it up tens of thousands of times, the heat given off accelerates the process so when you have a huge pile of it , its going to ripen very quickly, we all complain of needing cleaner cheaper power but nobody wants it near them, another concern for me is the fact its going to be run by a private company so will they be paying the council for for the waste that normally goes to landfill as a fuel source, or will the council be paying them to remove it? abh59
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