Debate on huge waste plant plan

DEVELOPERS behind a controversial £200 million waste plant in the district are set to take part in a public debate about the scheme.

Bosses from Waystone, the Yorkshire-based construction and development firm behind the Doncaster Energy from Waste (DEW) project, will discuss the scheme with an internationally renowned speaker.

The large 400,000 tonne per annum facility sited at the former Hatfield Colliery is intended to sort and process rubbish, such as metal, glass and plastic, into usable products and would mean less going to landfill.

A future phase would see fuel produced from other rubbish and used to create electricity.

The developers also said the plant could bring over 200 jobs to the region.

However, residents living near the planned site have opposed the scheme and raised fears over a proposed incinerator.

Many are concerned the waste plant plans could have a huge impact particularly on residents in Hatfield, Stainforth, Dunscroft and the surrounding areas with issues including an increase in traffic congestion.

Action group Residents Against Inappropriate Developments has invited Professor Paul Connett, who has spoken to the United Nations and in the House of Commons about the effects of burning waste, to speak at Hatfield Visual Arts College in Ash Hill.

He will outline why incineration promotes climate change, creates harmful emissions and is expensive to build and operate.

A spokesman for Hatfield RAID said: “We are bringing him to our region because it is where we live and work, we need to know all the facts, incineration could be given the go ahead in our neighbourhood.”

Members of Doncaster Council’s planning committee approved proposals for the project last July despite receiving over 250 letters of objection during the first phase of the scheme.

Waystone describes the project as a “world leading facility”.

The firm believe it will put Doncaster on the map for creating environmentally friendly energy from waste.

DEW also added that the site would become the catalyst for the regeneration of around 500 acres of largely disused land.

Everyone is invited to the public debate at the school’s site on Tuesday at 7pm.

For more details about the plans visit www.hatfield-raid.co.uk or www.dew.uk.net