Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sandwich Pfizer recycling site

From ThisIsKent:
PART of Pfizer's Sandwich site could be used for waste disposal and recycling.
A three-hectare plot at the pharmaceutical firm's facility is one of nine additional areas being looked at by Kent County Council for its mineral and waste sites development plan.

The authority called on businesses and landowners to put forward possible sites for waste treatment and mineral extraction last year. In response, 96 existing and potential sites were put forward for consideration.
The public were asked for views on the sites during a consultation between May and August this year. Now KCC has opened a new eight-week consultation to look at the nine additional sites.
In February Pfizer announced plans to shut down its operation but has pledged to retain a small workforce as an anchor for the sale of its site.

The Great Stonar site is being put forward because of the ability to use its waste-water plant, combined heat and power station, its high temperature incineration facility and the ability to expand to take in recycling.

In the consultation document KCC says: "The site would handle hazardous, non-hazardous and commercial wastes. The proposal is to continue to import locally-sourced waste and waste from within the EU in line with the site's current waste licence.

"The proposal is to allow for the importation of waste from the region. It also has the potential to retain employment in the local area."

The Pfizer site, renamed Discovery Park, has been on the market since June and was given Enterprise Zone status, which brings tax and business rate breaks, by the Government in August.
The aim is to keep the site as a life sciences hub to draw in 190 new companies and provide 2,500 new jobs

Comments will be used by KCC as part of the assessment process.
David Brazier, KCC Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, said: "Preparing the minerals and waste plans is a complex and lengthy process.
" We have to get it right, therefore it is only proper that we consult on these additional sites in the same way.
"This means it will take longer to prepare the plans. We are still taking less time than neighbouring counties."
The consultation closes at 5pm on December 19. If the government agrees to KCC's plan it will be adopted in 2014 following a full public examination in front of an independent inspector.
To view the proposals, and for more details about the consultation, go to, email, or call 01622 696815.
Sites in the first round of consultation include, Thanet Waste Services, which is to extend its to include green waste services. BFL Management has plans for a green energy park at Richborough Power Station. Ovenden Plant Hire has put in plans for Tilmanstone in Pike Road, Eythorne.

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