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New £200million waste treatment facility planned at Waterbeach


By Ben Comber


Amey waste treatment facility
Amey waste treatment facility

Amey is proposing to develop an energy from waste facility at its 400 acre Waterbeach Waste Management Park.

Residents are being invited to have their say on proposals for a new, £200million waste treatment facility in Cambridgeshire.

The park, off the A10 near Waterbeach, already houses a range of waste processes and technologies, including recycling, composting, landfill and mechanical biological treatment.

Amey says the proposed new facility would complement these and would be used to create energy from household and commercial waste – either in the form of electricity, heat or a mix of both.

Amey’s Account Director, Chris Smiles, said: “The proposal would see a significant £200m investment by Amey and would ensure state-of-the-art technology is available to treat local household and commercial waste. It would also create more than 300 jobs during construction and into operations.

“Our aim is to create a sustainable waste management park at Waterbeach and the proposed new facility will help us do just that, reducing the volume of waste being

disposed of via landfill and also creating enough electricity to power the equivalent of 45,000 homes.

“We’re keen to share our ideas with local residents and community representatives and answer any questions, so we’ll be holding two drop-in information sessions for people to find out more.”

Residents are being invited to hear more about the proposals prior to a planning application being submitted.

The two sessions will take place on Friday, September 8, (2pm to 8pm) and Saturday, September 9, (10am – 4pm) at Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9PG. No booking is required.

Amey is proposing to develop the new facility on land next to the existing Mechanical Biological Treatment hall and is working with a number of experienced technology providers to review the options available, prior to agreeing which it would use within the facility.

This land is already allocated as a suitable location for energy from waste development in Cambridgeshire County Council’s adopted Minerals and Waste Plan.

Mr Smiles added: “The new facility would contain state-of-the-art, proven technology to deal with household and commercial waste and we’re currently looking at possible layouts and building design. Before we finalise and submit a planning application, we want to talk to local residents and – where possible – incorporate any comments and ideas as part of our proposals.”



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