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Townsfolk have a say on Keighley scheme to convert waste into “clean energy”
Plans for a multi-million-pound Keighley scheme to convert waste into “clean energy” go out to public consultation this month.
A special exhibition is being staged to display the proposals and give people the chance to comment.
A formal planning application is then expected to be submitted to Bradford Council by the year end.
The pioneering project, which would provide dozens of jobs and a boost to the local economy, could potentially power the entire town.
Three plants for recycling waste, otherwise destined for landfill, would be constructed on the derelict former gasworks site in Airedale Road.
One would use combustion technology to generate electricity for local distribution while the others would recycle used materials through melting methods.
The project – first unveiled in the Keighley News in June – also includes an education and visitor centre plus a four-storey office, parking and landscaping.
Approval has been granted for access from the adjacent Aire Valley trunk road. The land is owned by Eldwick-based Halton Homes but there is no suggestion it would carry out the work.
Agent John Steel, of JO Steel Consulting, said: “We hope as many people as possible will come along to the public exhibition and consultation to look at the plans and give their feedback. We will be there to answer any questions.
“This is a normal step with any major proposed scheme and we are responding to very comprehensive pre-application advice we’ve received from the council.
“Thanks to the local history section at Keighley Library, the exhibition will include information about the use of the site as a gasworks.”
The exhibition is being held in the function rooms at Keighley Civic Centre, North Street, on Wednesday, September 25, between 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
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