The company that runs the Erin landfill site at Duckmanton has now submitted a formal planning application to extend operations there until 2035, and residents can now submit their comments and objections.
The licence for landfill operations at the site is due to expire in 2021 but Viridor have now submitted a planning application to extend the licence until 2035.
Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield and Staveley, said:
“I visited the site just before lockdown and urged Viridor to do a public consultation before submitting any new plans, and I am glad this happened, though I am disappointed that they have not provided responses to individual concerns. I also contacted both the County Council and the Environment Agency to ensure that a new environmental impact assessment would have to be completed as part of the new planning application, and have been assured this has been done and is part of the company’s submission. I would urge all residents to submit their objections or concerns to the County Council and ensure that their views are heard.”
The full application can be viewed and commented on at:
Toby added, “I had a virtual meeting with concerned residents a few weeks ago and I know that many are concerned about the long term impact on the area and house prices. When I met with Viridor at the site in 2018, following a serious problem with flies in Duckmanton, the company informed me that the plan was to cap and close the site by 2021, so I share residents disappointment that the plans have changed. Before any decision is made the previous problems with pests and smell need to be fully considered and assurances that these problems won’t happen again. We also need better communication between Viridor and local residents so that concerns can be addressed immediately. I will be suggesting to Viridor that regular virtual meetings are organised to ensure this happens.”