Friday, 18 August 2017

Manure digester plan for village

PLANS have been unveiled for a 320,000 sq ft manure-fuelled power plant in Mapledurham.

PLANS have been unveiled for a 320,000 sq ft manure-fuelled power plant in Mapledurham.

MS Power Projects, of London, wants to build the anaerobic digester on land to the east of the village, south of Pond Lane.

The plant would be powered by manure from the Mapledurham Estate’s 500-strong dairy herd.

It extracts flammable methane gas from the waste, which is then burned to generate electricity.

Representatives from the estate and MS Power Projects attended a public consultation at Caversham Heath Golf Club yesterday (Thursday), where they answered villagers’ questions and invited comments.

MS Power Projects wants to file a planning application by the end of next month.

An Agrivert digester powered by food waste in Benson Lane, Preston Crowmarsh, began operating in November.

Benson Parish Council did not object but made recommendations on how to handle the extra traffic — up to 85 lorries a day could visit.

Residents have raised fears over possible smells, which Agrivert claims it will keep under control.

A full report on the Mapledurham plan will appear in next week’s Standard.

MS Power Projects wants to file a planning application by the end of next month.

An Agrivert digester powered by food waste in Benson Lane, Preston Crowmarsh, began operating in November.

Benson Parish Council did not object but made recommendations on how to handle the extra traffic — up to 85 lorries a day could visit.

Residents have raised fears over possible smells, which Agrivert claims it will keep under control.

A full report on the Mapledurham plan will appear in next week’s Standard.

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