Have your say on Barnstaple waste sites

Consultation ends on controversial waste to energy site options in Barnstaple, but comments are still being accepted.

PEOPLE can still have their say on a potential waste to energy plant somewhere around Barnstaple.

Public consultation of the Devon Waste Plan ended on Friday but the county council has said responses are being accepted until Friday, August 17.

The plan assesses sites across the county, looking at energy from waste – which can include incinerators – as well as other disposal options.

Those affected in North Devon include Roundswell near Barnstaple and Deep Moor landfill site near Torrington.

These are among sites being considered at a special meeting on Wednesday, October 24 from 10am to 1pm at County Hall in Exeter. Two meetings for the South Devon area are being held in September.

The council said these special meetings were an opportunity for committee members to hear directly from community representatives to gauge views on the site options and further consultation was planned.

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The council said it currently had no proposals for building waste facilities at any of the site options.

It said the plan was looking at ‘a number of broad site options’ in terms of planning principles for the next 20 years, but not all site options would necessarily go forward to be included in the final version.

Any additional potential sites raised as a result of public feedback would also be considered as the waste plan develops ahead of further consultation to be held in 2013.

“Nothing has been decided at this stage, and these meetings will play an important part in the development of the Waste Plan,” said Councillor Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community.

“When the publication document is considered by the committee, in due course, the views expressed during these meetings will be looked at alongside the responses from the public consultation.”

To view the site options and consultation report go to www.devon.gov.uk/wastecorestrategy

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