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PremierLeague-News.Com - Viridor have proposed a landfill diversion facility at Overwood Farm, south of Larkhall and Stonehouse.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Plans for a major energy recovery plant in Dovesdale are being opposed by community campaigners. Waste management giants Viridor have proposed a landfill diversion facility at Overwood Farm, the Dovesdale Farm complex site south of Larkhall and Stonehouse. The plans are designed to help Scotland deliver its forthcoming landfill ban in 2025. Pending planning permission, official plans will be submitted in spring, which could see 500 construction jobs created, as well as 55 new permanent posts at the site. However Dovesdale Action Group are concerned with “protecting public health, protecting the farming industry and the environment”. The campaigners previously protested a 2011 proposal by ScotGen. John Young from the Dovesdale Action Group told the Advertiser: “We knew this would rear its head again. Last time we didn’t take no for an answer when the application went through, we pursued that through the Scottish Government at the time and SEPA.” The Dovesdale Action Group campaigned against a plant being built in 2011 (Image: Freelance) He added: “In response to climate change we see it as going completely in the wrong direction.” And he went on: “The immediate issue goes back to protecting public health, protecting the farming industry and the environment.” The action group also say they will oppose any political party in upcoming elections who support Viridor’s application. Their last campaign attracted over 24,000 signatures and they say they have a lot of community support this time. They are also concerned about people’s ability to respond to the application during the pandemic. The proposed development is to be located on land adjoining the existing Dovesdale logistics and waste management complex which already has planning permission for an ERF Facility.
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. The proposal is in direct response to the Scottish Government’s “zero waste” strategy and the forthcoming ban on the landfilling of food, paper, garden and any other biodegradable household waste by 2025. According to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scotland sent 1.46m tonnes of household and similar waste to landfill in 2019. Viridor says their Energy Recovery Proposals (ERF) for South Lanarkshire have the potential to generate enough electricity to power over half of the region’s homes. They also say the Overwood ERF will transform up to 330,000 tonnes per annum of non-recyclable municipal, commercial and industrial waste into energy in the form of heat and electricity.
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A Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) has been submitted to South Lanarkshire Council that has kick-started a comprehensive consultation programme. Virtual public exhibitions are due to be held over the coming months, allowing interested parties the opportunity to find out more and provide feedback. Grant Scott, planning manager North and Scotland for Viridor, said: “The proposed Overwood Energy Recovery Facility is a state-of-the-art development that will play a vital role in diverting our everyday waste from landfill. By utilising waste left over from the recycling process, the facility will convert it into electricity, helping to meet the upcoming landfill ban and supporting the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste strategy. “Over the coming months, we look forward to presenting these plans to the local community. Whilst the ongoing restrictions regarding Covid-19 will impact how this is done, we have put together a comprehensive digital engagement programme and welcome everyone to get involved, ask questions and importantly provide us with feedback.” Lanarkshire based Wm Hamilton & Sons Limited operate the Dovesdale complex and director Duncan Graham added: “The development of this state-of-the-art energy recovery facility by Viridor will complement the existing waste and recycling operations within our Dovesdale complex, whilst ensuring we can continue to invest in our workforce and remain at the forefront of the industry.”
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