08 May 2011

Councillors urged to reject food waste plant - The Surrey Herald

May 3 2011 By Carl Gavaghan

Oxfordshire-based waste company Agrivert has submitted plans to Surrey County Council for an 'anaerobic digestion plant' in Lyne.


RUNNYMEDE borough councillors have been urged by their officers to object to plans for an 'anaerobic digestion plant' to be built in Lyne.

The plant could be built on a site where proposals for a giant waste burner were abandoned in 2009 after objections from councillors and residents.

Oxfordshire-based waste company Agrivert has submitted plans to Surrey County Council for the plant on land adjacent to Trumps Farm, in Kitsmead Lane.

A report that will go before RBC's planning committee on Wednesday, May 11 states that councillors should object to the proposals because: “The applicants have failed to demonstrate very special circumstances to allow inappropriate development within the Green Belt either that there is sufficient local need for the facility, not that there are not more appropriately located sited for the proposed facility.”

If given the go-ahead the company claims that the digester could take up to 48,500 tonnes of waste a year, which is less then a third of the rubbish that Surrey County Council planned for a giant incinerator on the same site.

An AD plant disposes of waste biologically by treating it with micro-organisms in an oxygen-free environment.

Harry Waters, commercial director of Agrivert, told the Surrey Herald that such digesters will become commonplace in the county.

"Surrey has a lot of waste and will need four or five of these plants to handle it all. There is a lot of commercial waste produced in the county, the majority of which is exported, which is obviously not environmentally-friendly."

The final decision on the plans will be taken by Surrey County Council later this year.

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