Energy firm vows to look into concerns

RESIDENTS concerned that a biomass power station planned in Blyth could lead to an increase in traffic have been assured that their views will be taken into account.

Over the past 18 months Renewable Energy Systems (RES), the Hertfordshire-based company behind the plans, has been meeting residents and staging presentations and public exhibitions to keep them in the picture about its plans.

Hundreds of people and more than 65 organisations have taken advantage of those public consultation sessions to have their say on the project.

RES project manager Chris Lawson said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from local people to our plans for the biomass station, and we would like to thank everyone who has taken part to date.

“The last few months have been spent sifting through all the feedback we’ve received and identifying what aspects of our proposal are of most interest to communities in and around the Blyth Estuary.

“The most frequent questions have been about increases in traffic and what sort of noise, emissions or dust levels the power station might create.

“All these issues are currently the subject of detailed studies, and the results will be made publicly available in the environmental statement which we anticipate will be published this winter.”

The biomass project will generate renewable power equivalent to the annual electricity demand of approximately 170,000 homes.

To continue to keep residents up to date, a newsletter will be circulated to all homes and businesses within a 1.5km radius of the proposed Battleship Wharf site.

Updates will also be given on the website www.northblyth project.co.uk