Island Biogas Plant Application Update
by Protest Committee
(Benllech, Brynteg, Llanbedrgoch)
A proposal to build a methane biogas plant at Cors Goch near Benllech on Anglesey from animal waste has caused huge controversy on the island.
The local councillor Barry Durkin has been very active in opposing the application by Par Contractors for an anaerobic digester and incinerator, and below is an update from the local Protest Committee:
It is the understanding of the Protest Committee that before the outline planning application for a proposed slaughter house waste & blood biogas plant, adjacent to Cors Goch Nature Reserve can be progressed, Par Contractors are requested to supply much more detailed documentation to support their case.
Once this has been submitted and the views and recommendations of the Countryside Council for Wales and other authorities are known, we will be in a much stronger position to determine the precise course of action required.
The Protest Committee will oppose any planning application which we feel is not in the best interest of the community in general and which would drastically affect the holiday trade on the Island.
The fact that the site for the proposed enormous digester plant and chimney stack is in the area adjoining Cors Goch SSSI and part of the European protected, Corsydd Mon, Special Area of Conservation, in itself, in our opinion, should be sufficient to prevent planning permission from being given.
However, in the meantime, we would ask anyone wishing to lodge an objection to please write in to the County Council Planning Authority to register their disapproval of the proposed scheme, quoting Planning Application 30/C/630A.
At this moment in time it is understood that the only other anaerobic digester plant which is the same as the one proposed, is in New Zealand and we are at present endeavouring to obtain as much information as we can about the performance of this facility and the impact it has had on the surrounding area.
As is well known though, a similar plant in Holsworthy in Devon has been an unmitigated disaster in every respect.
It is undeniable that the construction of these plants is not only a blot on the landscape but safety failures, accidental or otherwise, would cause far reaching environmental consequences.
The natural beauty and tranquility of our Island must be maintained if we are to protect tourism, the lifeblood of our community.
Updates will be published as and when more information becomes available.
In conclusion, the Committee would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to write to the Council opposing this planning application.
Your letters of protest are a vital contribution in helping to have planning consent for this plant denied.
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