Energy plant bid triggers traffic concerns

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A CONTROVERSIAL bid to build a £23.5 million green energy plant between York and Selby has been backed by highway bosses - despite objectors claiming it could cause traffic headaches.

Peel Environmental Management (UK) Limited and North Selby Mine Waste Ltd have submitted proposals for the anaerobic digestion facility at Deighton, a former mine site, which would create heat and electricity from organic waste. The firms say it could lead to up to 100 new jobs and boost the local economy.

The plans have drawn more than 280 objections, with one of the main concerns focusing on the potential impact of the extra traffic on local roads created by the North Selby Mine development which also includes a horticultural glasshouse.

However, City of York Council’s highway network management team has said the number of lorry journeys would be “very low” and not lead to queues on the nearby A19.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has written to the York authority, which will make a decision on the proposals.

He said they should be turned down as they would “exacerbate current congestion” on the A19, which he claimed was not equipped to deal with the additional traffic.

In a letter to planners, he also raised concerns that traffic surveys which have been submitted by the applicants were “unreliable and devoid of proper context”, while also echoing local residents’ concerns about the impact of the development on the surrounding Green Belt.

In a submission to planning officers, an e-mail on behalf of the authority’s highway network team said the worst-case scenario would be that the plant would see 88 HGV journeys in a 12-hour day, or between seven and eight an hour, at its busiest operating times.

“The potential increase in traffic during the peak network periods...will not have a material impact and will barely be perceivable when considering adjacent traffic flows on the A19,” said the department’s statement.

It also said the A19’s accident history did not suggest traffic from the development would cause any greater risk, and the junction from the A19 into the site was suitable for the proposed development.

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2:12am Thu 24 Jan 13

jumbojet says...

These 280 plus objections, plus the York Outer MP will be the same people who suggested that a speed limit at 'Deighton Top', adjacent to the pub, was not required because the A19 was not in any way overloaded and should be left as an A class road at 60 mph. Now it is a problem, the road will be too busy, lorries will be making some use of the North Selby Mine, or Escrick Mine, as it should have been called if the 'new rich' had not complained about living in a mining village.Get the project up and running, employment is needed and the access is perfect, day or night, with no one disturbed.
These 280 plus objections, plus the York Outer MP will be the same people who suggested that a speed limit at 'Deighton Top', adjacent to the pub, was not required because the A19 was not in any way overloaded and should be left as an A class road at 60 mph. Now it is a problem, the road will be too busy, lorries will be making some use of the North Selby Mine, or Escrick Mine, as it should have been called if the 'new rich' had not complained about living in a mining village.Get the project up and running, employment is needed and the access is perfect, day or night, with no one disturbed. jumbojet
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2:12am Thu 24 Jan 13

jumbojet says...

These 280 plus objections, plus the York Outer MP will be the same people who suggested that a speed limit at 'Deighton Top', adjacent to the pub, was not required because the A19 was not in any way overloaded and should be left as an A class road at 60 mph. Now it is a problem, the road will be too busy, lorries will be making some use of the North Selby Mine, or Escrick Mine, as it should have been called if the 'new rich' had not complained about living in a mining village.Get the project up and running, employment is needed and the access is perfect, day or night, with no one disturbed.
These 280 plus objections, plus the York Outer MP will be the same people who suggested that a speed limit at 'Deighton Top', adjacent to the pub, was not required because the A19 was not in any way overloaded and should be left as an A class road at 60 mph. Now it is a problem, the road will be too busy, lorries will be making some use of the North Selby Mine, or Escrick Mine, as it should have been called if the 'new rich' had not complained about living in a mining village.Get the project up and running, employment is needed and the access is perfect, day or night, with no one disturbed. jumbojet
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9:11am Thu 24 Jan 13

myselby says...

could not agree more, the former Escrick mine site in the former pit village of Escrick, is an ideal site for this type of activity. drove past the pit village last week and saw a B&B - times must be hard.
could not agree more, the former Escrick mine site in the former pit village of Escrick, is an ideal site for this type of activity. drove past the pit village last week and saw a B&B - times must be hard. myselby
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