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Residents flock to see waste site plan

PLANS to build a multi-million-pound "waste technology park" in Huncoat were unveiled to residents this week.

A COMPUTER-generated impression of how the technology park would look in Huncoat.

PLANS to build a multi-million-pound "waste technology park" in Huncoat were unveiled to residents this week.

Lancashire County Council has earmarked the former Huncoat Power Station site for the state-of-the-art facility as part of a £150M waste management scheme.

Around £75M is being made available to the county council and Blackburn and Blackpool Councils from the Government to develop a network of 11 sites across the county.

Scores of residents flocked to exhibitions at Huncoat Primary School and the Methodist Chapel to inspect the plans for themselves.

County council bosses were on hand to answer questions and attempt to allay residents' fears. Planning services manager Steve Browne, from the Environmental Directorate, said the park could be up and running by 2010 if planners gave it the thumbs-up.

He added: "We fully understand the residents' concerns. We chose this site as it meets all the criteria under the local waste plan and the Hyndburn local plan. It will comply with all European standards and will help us increase our recycling."

He also quashed rumours that the facility was an incinerator, saying: "That is the last thing we want.

"We are trying to move away from landfill and the only way is to invest in modern technology.

"The people of Lancashire want to see more recycling. We are hoping to recycle 84 per cent of our waste. We have gone from 11 per cent to 30 per cent over the past three years. It is ambitious but we think we can achieve it."

But some residents still have their doubts. Michael Thompson, of Meadow Close, Huncoat, said: "I can understand them wanting a recycling plant but they also want to build a road across green belt land.

"We could do with finding some rare species of wildlife on there so we can fight the plans."

Resident Janet Ellard, of Birch Close, echoed his concerns, saying: "The roundabout at the top of Burnley Road will be horrendous. There will be 250 lorries using it. It will create pollution and dust over the village."

Roy Chetham, of Sutton Crescent, added: "I hope whoever runs this facility, should it get permission, pays rates to Hyndburn Council just like any other business."

Ward councillor Dave Parkins said: "It looks like the county council is going to steamroller this through. I think the stumbling block will be the road. If that doesn't get permission then the whole thing will be scrapped. Myself and Councillor Brendan Shiel will back the residents all the way."

 

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