The long-running and three times postponed public inquiry into plans to build an energy from waste (EfW) facility in Nottinghamshire has resumed today.
The controversial application relates to a proposal by Veolia Environmental Services in Nottinghamshire to build and operate an EfW plant, on the site of a car park which serviced a former Rufford Colliery in Rainworth.
There has been strong local opposition to the plans as well as concern over whether the site should be designated as a Special Protection Area due to certain species of birds living there.
The initial public inquiry began back in October 2009 but was adjourned on the opening day. It then resumed a day later but was adjourned again at the request of Veolia, resuming again on 13 April this year. It ran for one full week before Veolia requested another adjournment to “assess the combined effects of plans and projects, including the proposed ERF [energy recovery facility], on nature conservation interests relating to woodlark and nightjar which suggest that part of Sherwood Forest may be suitable for identification as a Special Protection Area (SPA).”
Veolia Environmental Services managing director Steve Mitchell said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity. Our vision is to invest in the Rainworth community, create new jobs and opportunities and to kick start the regeneration of a site that was once the source of local employment and economic success. Nottinghamshire has been hard hit by the economic downturn and as we emerge from the recession I want us to be a key player in delivering Nottinghamshire’s economic recovery.”
The inquiry resumed at 9am this morning at Rainworth Village Hall in Nottinghamshire.