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Residents protest over plans for landfill site

Residents in Shepshed, a Leicestershire town, are fighting proposals to turn a derelict quarry into a landfill site and materials recycling facility (MRF).

Leicestershire County Council has accepted plans from waste firm Biffa to use the Newhurst quarry, adjacent to the M1 motorway, as a landfill site and MRF.

Speaking to MRW, Labour Party county councillor Kevin Parker said that the development would by detrimental for other businesses coming to the area and will deter investment into the town.

He said: The residents are not against Biffa. But at that particular location it is a gateway to the town. We feel that it is not appropriate at the moment to bring in this landfill site when we are trying to attract other types of business. We have 15,000 people in this town and there is a general consensus about this issue.

The project is planned to stay here for 22 to 23 years that means it will not just be here for this generation but for the next one as well. It will be bringing something like 275,000 tonnes of rubbish every year and will not just take in rubbish from Leicestershire but from five counties around the East Midlands.

Biffa refused to respond to Parkers comments but said that it would establish a liaison group prior to any site activity to ensure we have a good communications arrangement with the local community.

Biffa Newhurst quarry project manager Kevin Clarke said: We are now finalising development plans and anticipate preparation work on site starting this summer.

But Parker said that the next step would be to take the campaign to Parliament to stop the development of the facility.


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