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Fears over power plant disruption
People in a Worcestershire town have been told everything will be done to minimise traffic disruption if plans for a new power station are approved.

Developers CJ Day Associates want to build a biomass plant in the Bromyard Road Business Park, Tenbury Wells.

If Malvern Hills District Council approved the scheme, power cables would be installed in High Street, causing disruption for up to nine months.

A planning application is expected to be submitted later this month.

About 1,700 people have already signed a petition against the plans, but the scheme is being backed by Worcestershire County Council.

Access to businesses

Opponents are also worried about the impact of heavy lorries and possible air pollution.

But supporters have pointed to job creation, a boost to farmers and the carbon-neutral nature of the project.

My main concern is not only the pollution but the traffic, the congestion and the effect on business and tourism it will have in the area
Paul Smith, owner of Kus Kus restaurant, Tenbury Wells

Simon Hartley, Worcestershire County Council project manager, said: "The cabling will be done in 100m strips at a time, which will allow pedestrians to access all businesses all of the time and will only take a part of the parking away in Tenbury High Street at any one time.

"Obviously, once the planning application has been submitted, we go to further consultation and we will be looking at ways of offsetting these impacts further."

But Paul Smith, who owns the Kus Kus restaurant in High Street, said he was worried tourists would be put off by the roadworks and businesses would lose trade.

He said: "My main concern is not only the pollution but the traffic, the congestion and the effect on business and tourism it will have in the area.

"Apparently the proposed time to lay the cables in stages would be a minimum of six to nine months which would have a massive impact on the businesses and tourism in Tenbury."




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