Unhappy Residents Over Waste Incinerator Plans
New plans for a 64,000 sqm waste incinerator have sparked concerns amongst the people of a nearby town in Reading.
West Berkshire Council has proposed plans to build a waste-to-energy plant in the area of Burghfield, however, the site comes under Reading Borough Council.
The plant will burn 150,000 tonnes of rubbish taken from the Reading Quarry Landfill which will then provide energy to the national grid.
The local council has received many objections from the residents of the area, some claiming that they should be compensated for the loss of value on their homes. Others have said that they were shocked by the massive application right next to their homes.
People who lived in the vicinity of the proposed site have said that they are worried about air pollutants contaminating their homegrown fruit and vegetables, possibly causing serious illnesses.
Many people are disappointed that the plant is to be built on the border of West Berkshire, meaning Newbury and other villages reap the benefits but don’t get any of the problems it brings.
A skip hire company in Reading, the applicant, has said the plant will bring jobs for 50 people and operate 24/7.