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Call to council body to disown Biomass
11:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
CALLS have been made demanding that a council-owned organisation withdraws its backing for a proposed biomass plant to be built in north Swindon.
Councillors Kevin Small and Desmond Moffatt are bringing a motion before Swindon’s full council to ask Forward Swindon to retract its support for Pure Green to open a biomass plant at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, on the former SquareD factory site.
The company, which planned to specialise in making animal bedding and the production of energy, has still not alerted the council to its proposals to continue with a reduced application for the plant.
But following an interview with the Adver last month, it is understood that this will be the directors’ next step, with the application no longer including provisions for the production of energy.
In August a planning committee deferred its decision on whether the wood burning plant, which included a 30m chimney, should be allowed to be built after about 150 people swamped the council’s chambers to protest against the plans.
Forward Swindon helped Pure Green find a suitable location for its facility and backed the firm to prepare its planning application.
Coun Moffatt (Lab, Rodbourne Cheney) is calling on Forward Swindon to publicly announce it no longer backs the application. He said the motion was designed to send a clear message to the developers that the plant was not wanted.
“We are hoping it will send a message to the applicant that the people of Swindon do not want this kind of development in the middle of town,” said Coun Moffatt.
A spokesperson from Swindon Forward said: “We have no comment on this motion.”
On Saturday Coun Moffatt will host a public meeting for residents, where a number of updates will be provided during a presentation from 11am at Moredon Community Centre.
“Everyone is welcome to attend,” said Coun Moffatt.
“It is for me to ensure that people know that this proposal is not green.”
A petition against the plant was launched last week. Anyone wishing to sign it can call into a number of pubs and shops in the Rodbourne area.
Swindon’s full council is meeting on Thursday at the Civic Offices at 7pm where this issue will be debated.
For more information visit ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov and view the meeting agenda documents.
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