Petition fuels opposition

A P-Fuel conversion plant
A P-Fuel conversion plant

HUNDREDS of Wigan borough residents have signed a petition against controversial plans for a fuel conversion site in Appley Bridge.

Company P-Fuel submitted an application for a waste plastics into diesel and gasoline facility with Lancashire County Council earlier this month.

The firm has already obtained permission for a cooking oil to electricity operation which is yet to start.

But residents have rallied against the proposals because of safety and environmental concerns.

A petition posted on the change.org website is approaching the 500 signature mark after just a matter of days.

It details “potential of explosion, release of pollution, proximity to schools, homes and businesses and increased traffic” as concerns raised.

And adds: “The plant could run 24 hours a day. It proposes the use of low temperature pyrolysis to convert low worth waste plastic into diesel and gasoline.

“Please act now to help save our community from this hazardous plant.”

Residents have also called into question whether the original consultation for the cooking oil conversion in 2013 was carried out in a satisfactory manner.

Last month Michael Wilkinson, of Stopford Projects Ltd, the firm working alongside P-Fuel through the application process, reassured residents a full consultation would take place.

He said: “I think there has been some misinformation circulated, I am sure in the future a public consultation will take place.”

And P-Fuel representatives have organised an informal drop-in session to allay any concerns residents have about the plans which will take place at the community centre on Appley Lane North from 2pm to 6pm on September 29.

Posting on the petition page, Paula Maloney, who lives in Shevington, said: “I don’t want such a health hazard on my doorstep.”

Martin Jennings of Appley Bridge, said: “This plant will have serious environmental, health and traffic implications for a largely residential area.”

Sarah Hamilton, also an Appley Bridge resident, said: “Our village is a beautiful area which would be spoiled by this development. The noise pollution would ruin this quiet area, and community morale would be lowered.”