Keynsham biogas plant opponents make plea
CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a food waste processing plant on the outskirts of Keynsham are seeking more financial support from the public.
Protect Our Keynsham Environment (POKE) is opposing the scheme at the former Queen Charlton Quarry in Charlton Field Lane. Bath & North East Somerset Council is due to make a decision on the planning application soon.
Resourceful Energy Anaerobic Ltd (REAL) wants to build an anaerobic digester plant capable of processing 92,000 tonnes of foodstock a year at the site.
POKE has warned that the scheme will permanently alter the green-belt landscape, create noise and smell and potentially harm residents’ health.
REAL, which hopes to complete construction by next summer, says the plant would produce green gas and electricity for the local energy network from food waste and renewable energy crops.
But POKE said most of the foodstock brought in would not be from the local area, and the further it travels the less sustainable it becomes. POKE estimated that at peak times HGVs could be coming and going every four minutes, and claimed the access would be unsafe.
The campaign group now says it needs to employ more professional help as it tries to persuade B&NES that the power plant is an ill-conceived development in the green belt, and that rather than being environmentally friendly, it will damage Keynsham and the wider area.
POKE spokeswoman Kerry Morgan said: “We need to say no to this proposed industrial power plant pretending to be green, which we believe will not reduce our carbon footprint at a time of climate emergency. We also need to say no to more air, noise and traffic pollution and prevent road gridlock.
“With this massive power plant being just upwind of Keynsham, we also need to say no to the stink that will force us to live indoors.”
On the opening day of The Great Big Green Week in Keynsham, Kerry (pictured above) dressed as a washing machine to highlight why POKE believes the power plant proposals are a case of greenwashing.
She said that with a decision on the plans imminent, POKE urgently needs more resources to step up its fight.
“Further funds are needed by POKE to finance the professional help necessary to defeat this hugely damaging industrial-sized power plant that will impact on every Keynsham area home.
“People in and around Keynsham have already given POKE tremendous support. I ask them to please dig into their pockets once again during these final stages of this important fight to protect our community and local environment.”
To find out more about POKE’s campaign, visit www.protectourkeynshamenvironment.wordpress.com