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Anglesey councillors back controversial waste plant

Objectors claim there is not enough waste on Anglesey for an anaerobic digestor
Objectors claim there is not enough waste available locally

Objectors to a food waste treatment plan have vowed to carry on their fight after a council voted in favour of the development at Mona on Anglesey.

The biogas plant will store and process approximately 25,000 tonnes of food and agricultural waste by a process known as anaerobic digestion.

Objectors claimed there is no need for a plant of its size on the island.

They also claim that waste, including abattoir by-products, will be brought in from elsewhere.

Anglesey council's planning committee approved the plans by six votes to three.

Planning conditions include controls on the type of waste treatment, and environmental considerations including land drainage and sewage.

The application was put forward by Anglesey Ecoparc Mon Ltd.

Anglesey council's planning meeting heard the process involves blending waste materials before passing the mixture through totally covered, heated digestion tanks.

This process then produces methane gas, which would be siphoned off to generate electricity, whilst the 'digestate' left over could be used as bio fertiliser.

Glynwen Hughes, who lives 150 metres from the site of the proposed plant travelled to the meeting with other local people.

She said she was "very disappointed".

"I don't feel they've come to a reasonable decision," she said.

"We will carry on now and look at having a judicial review into the decision in the new year," she added.

John Arthur Jones said the feeling of the people of Bodfordd was "100% against the development".

He said he believe not enough research had been made into the site, which was unsuitable for this kind of development.

Matthew Davies from Grays Waste Management, which is behind the plan, said it was important for people to realise the development was needed.

"People assume that the council have to deal with it (waste) but it isn't the council's problem," he said.

"It's up to private companies like ours to invest in the region and invest in the facilities that then help everyone else to have a local low cost solution (to waste management)," he added.



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