Brynsworthy could be on the list for draft county Waste Plan to seek ‘recovery of energy’ sites.

BRYNSWORTHY near Barnstaple has been put forward by as a potential 'energy recovery' site - which could include an incinerator.

Devon County Council is hosting a public exhibition at the Cedars Inn, Sticklepath, on Wednesday, August 14 from 4 to 8pm to ask people if they think the Brynsworthy Environment Centre site near Roundswell should be added to the county's Waste Plan.

The plan is considering 16 potential 'recovery of energy' sites across the county to treat waste and prevent it going to landfill - this could include technology such as anaerobic digestion or incinerators that would generate electricity.

Last year there was anger when a green field site opposite the BP Garage at Roundswell next to the A39 was included in the draft plan.

"I'm pleased they have decided to consider Brynsworthy because the Roundswell site was too contentious," said Councillor Rodney Cann, North Devon Council's executive member for environment.

"This seems the logical place, it's well away from residential areas, but sufficiently close to provide energy to Roundswell business park. Having the lorry fleet in the same area would also save miles and miles."

Local County Councillor Frank Biederman added: "Waste facilities are never the most popular type of development for local communities, but they are essential if we are to reduce land fill.

"The suggested site at Brynsworthy has the advantage of being located next to the existing recycling depot, with the road access having already been improved. As local councillor, I am keen to see a solution that causes least impact on local residents."

The council said the draft plan did not set down the type of facilities for each location, so as not to rule out any innovative or sustainable technologies coming forward in future. It said the county had no proposals to build waste facilities at any of the sites.

People can find out more at www.devon.gov.uk/wastecorestrategy.htm