Around 200 people attended an information meeting to update residents on a campaign opposing a proposed waste recycling plant at Beeford.
Organised by the Community Action Group against the Anaerobic Digester, the meeting at the Beeford Community Centre on Sunday afternoon saw almost 100 letters of objection left with organisers to hand over to the planning department at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Angela McKie, who lives close to the proposed site and who owns a caravan site on the access route, said: “We were amazed at the turnout of people from all three villages affected by this proposed facility, and some were people who had not attended any meetings before.
“We have an amazing team of people who are giving up so much time and effort to research information about the planning application and present that to local residents.
“We produced displays and a scale model of the facility which really made people realise the visual impact this would have. It is not just about the transportation to and from the site but it is the scale of the development in our rural setting.”
As reported in the Wolds Weekly, a planning application has been made by Bradford-based firm Gascorp Delta Ltd to build the plant on farmland in Beeford.
The proposed anaerobic digestion facility will use farm and food waste to generate gas, which will then be fed into the national gas grid.
The plant, which would be located on land belonging to West Farm in Beeford, would process 82,000 tonnes of waste per year which would create enough renewable biogas to power around 5,400 homes. The remaining decomposed food will then be used to produce bio-fertiliser for farmland.
More than 650 people have expressed their objections to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
They say the scale of the operation is not suitable for a rural setting such as Beeford and they fear for pollution such as noise and smell and in particular traffic problems caused by lorries travelling to and from the site.
Gascorp Delta Ltd said the scheme was in line with Government strategy to mitigate climate change and reduce over-reliance on fossil fuels and expensive energy imports.
Mrs McKie added: “There is still time for people to get their objections over to the planners. At the moment we are unsure of the date this application will go before the planning committee.
“We understand the counc
il is waiting for further information from the developers. In the meantime we will continue to fight this.”