Incinerator plan is turned down

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build an incinerator near Doncaster which would burn the borough’s rubbish have been rejected.

The Barnsley Doncaster and Rotherham Partnership or BDR, which was set up to jointly dispose of waste for the three boroughs, has turned down the incinerator proposals which had sparked opposition from residents living near the Bolton Road site at Manvers.

Instead, BDR has announced the specialist waste organisation 3SE as the preferred bidder for the contract to develop a facility to treat leftover household waste from Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham, rather than sending it to landfill.

The firm wants to use rubbish to create a solid fuel which will then be taken away to Ferrybridge Power Station to generate electricity there.

The BDR Partnership has secured £77.4m of Private Finance Initiative funding from the government towards the cost of the scheme.

Final confirmation of preferred bidder status remains subject to 3SE - a partnership between Shanks Group Plc and Scottish and Southern Energy Plc - signing a confirmation document.

Under the plans, a mechanical biological treatment technology is to be used to process waste at Bolton Road to produce a solid recovered fuel.

There will also be an anaerobic digestion plant producing sustainable energy and a bio-compost.

The solid fuel recovered will be transported to a proposed multi-fuel plant next to the Ferrybridge Power Station, where it will be used to generate electricity.

Final discussions will go ahead over the next few months, and the scheme is also subject to planning permission.

This means there will be a detailed consultation and planning process, giving local residents the opportunity to make their views known. If planning and other permissions are granted, construction work will start in the spring of 2013, and the facilities will open in 2015.

The Manvers scheme is going ahead despite opposition from Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, who refused to support plans for a long-term deal that tied Doncaster in to a single solution to waste disposal.

He abstained from voting when the cabinet gave its backing to carrying out a joint scheme last month, but said the council could not pull out because of deals signed before he came to office.