People can have say on waste plans

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ABOUT 40 people attended two drop-in sessions by the Planning Inspectorate on an application by a waste firm.

Augean has lodged an application with the Planning Inspectorate to change and expand the facilities at its East Northants Resource Management Facility in Stamford Road, King’s Cliffe,

Augean wants to alter the facility to cope with 150,000 tonnes of waste a year, compared to the current limit of 100,000 tonnes.

It also wants to create a new landfill void for low-level radioactive waste and extend its operating licence to 2016.

The Planning Inspector held two drop-in days on Monday and Tuesday at the King’s Cliffe Memorial Hall so people could get more information about how they can make a representation as part of the process.

A spokesman said: “Both events were well attended with over 40 people wanting to find out how to get involved in the examination process by registering as an interested party.”

Just over 40 people have registered in the process so far, which means they will be able to make representations at meetings or request to speak at hearings.

Augean has also held its own drop-in sessions for people to find out more about the applications. It is planning further sessions on Friday next week between 10am and 4pm and on Saturday, May 26, between 9am and midday.

A spokesman for Augean said: “The application that has been submitted has already been amended where possible to reflect the comments and feedback that has been received throughout the different phases of the consultation process.”

Anyone interested in the proposals must register with the Infrastructure Planning Commission by June 1.

To register visit www.planningportal.gov.uk/infrastructure, click on the East Northants Resource Management Facility page and complete the online Registration and Relevant Representation form or call the helpline on 0303 444 5000.