Community to be consulted on pioneering waste management facility in Essex

January 20, 2012

Urbaser, an international waste management company, and Balfour Beatty, a world class infrastructure services business, are proposing to develop a sustainable waste treatment facility at Courtauld Road in Basildon, Essex for Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council. Following the announcement of Preferred Bidder status earlier this month, Urbaser Balfour Beatty have begun pre-planning consultation to seek peoples’ views on the proposal for the site at Courtauld Road.

A series of public exhibitions is taking place prior to Urbaser Balfour Beatty submitting the planning application. The first public exhibitions will be held at Felmore Primary School, Davenants, Pitsea, Basildon, SS13 1QX on Friday 27th January, from 4pm-8.30pm and Saturday 28th January, from 10am-7.30pm. The exhibition then moves to The Mall, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, SS14 1EB on Sunday 29th January from 10am-4pm. Further exhibitions are also planned for 1st to 4th March 2012 – timings and locations for each date will be advised shortly.

The Urbaser Balfour Beatty team will be on hand at all of the exhibitions to explain the proposal which is to provide an alternative solution for residual municipal waste that would otherwise be sent directly to landfill, through the use of Mechanical Biological Treatment technology.

Commenting on the proposal, Tom Meacock, Project Director, said: “The proposed Mechanical Biological Treatment facility will enable Essex County Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to manage waste in a more sustainable way.  A key feature of our proposal is involving the local community from the beginning. We invite all local residents, businesses and other interested parties to come to see our exhibition and provide us with feedback on our proposal. If planning permission is granted, the project will generate around 250 construction jobs and around 87 jobs once operational.”

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