Bilsthorpe incinerator plans consultation is extended

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A consultation into controversial plans to build an incincerator has been extended to allow more people to have their say.

Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed that the deadline for people to make their voices heard has been extended by nearly three weeks.

The facility, which is proposed to be constructed on land at the Former Bilsthorpe Colliery, off Eakring Road, Bilsthorpe would manage waste materials utilising a plasma gasification process to produce electricity.

The planning application consultation period was launched on the 5th December and was originally due to finish on 20th January.

However, it will now run until Friday 7th February.

Sally Gill, head of planning at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “When the planning application was originally put out to consultation at the beginning of December, we increased the statutory three-week period of public consultation to six-and-half weeks in acknowledgement of the scale of the proposals and the Christmas and New Year period.

“However, since the consultation began, local county councillors, the local MP and a number of local residents have expressed concern that even this extended period of time is not sufficient for them to study the application and register their concerns.”

The plans can be inspected locally at Bilsthorpe Library or by visiting the council’s website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/search-applications.htm

As well as local councillors, an action group made up of angry residents is also campaigning against the plans, calling themselves RAGE (Residents Against Gasification Experiment).

MP Mark Spencer also added his support. He said: “ This is clearly a very important application and needs very careful consideration.”

He intends to send out surveys to continue gathering views of the constituents of Bilsthorpe and Eakring.