Feb 162012
 

Viridor Welcome Comments

Viridor, Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, today (16th February) encouraged community representatives and residents to attend and comment at its stakeholder events next week regarding plans to ‘normalise’ waste reception criteria at its consented energy from waste plant at Oxwellmains, East Lothian.

The company, which secured consent from Scottish Ministers in December 2010 for a £200m, 300,000 tonne energy from waste facility, will consult on plans, ahead of a formal application, to normalise planning conditions associated with the application in line with Scottish Government policy. Specifically the application will seek to remove an “artificial” restriction on the geographic areas from where non-recyclable residual waste may be received.

The drop-in consultation events, where members of the project team will be on hand to explain the proposal in detail and answer any questions, will be held on:

WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2012
Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, Dunbar
12:30pm – 8:00pm

and

THURSDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2012
Innerwick Village Hall, Innerwick
11:00am – 8:00pm

Information leaflets will also be available for members of the public to make comments on the proposal. These comments will be analysed and a summary of how any responses have been considered will be submitted with the planning application.

Commenting, Martin Grey, Viridor’s Scottish Communications Manager, said:

Vital to translating Scottish Government zero waste policy into practice, Viridor is working in readiness to commence development of the energy from waste hub in 2012. As part of this, Viridor is seeking to remove an artificial boundary on waste reception, in line with fresh policy from Scottish Government and SEPA which recognises the inappropriateness of artificial restrictions on where waste can be sourced within Scotland.

This means that it is acceptable for any waste arising from any location within Scotland to be treated in any waste management facility proposed within Scotland.

Mr. Grey continued:

With no plans to change the technology, design or capacity, our application seeks only to bring the planning consent in line with Scottish Government and SEPA policy which emerged following the granting of planning permission, similar to other developments.

We understand that people want to know more about our plans and therefore look forward to talking with, and listening to local residents regarding the current application at our drop-in consultation events next week.

Following the stakeholder events, comments will be analysed and a summary of how any responses have been considered will be submitted with a planning application. Comments made at the consultation events are not representations to the planning authority. A subsequent planning application will incorporate normal neighbour notification and publicity will be undertaken at that time with stakeholders given the opportunity to make formal representations to the authority at that time.

Further information on the proposal is available from www.viridor.co.uk/consultation or by emailing scotland@viridor.co.uk