Petition against Swindon biomass plant reaches 2,400 signatures

Opponents of plans to build a biomass plant in Swindon are to present Mayor Nick Martin with 700 further signatures to add to a 1,700-strong petition.

Objectors are concerned about how much smoke will be created at energy company Pure Green Limited's proposed plant near Rodbourne Cheney.

Plans were submitted to Swindon Borough Council earlier this year but a decision was deferred by the authority.

Campaigner Paul Saunders said the petition was "growing by the day".

Pure Green plans to burn wood that cannot be recycled to create heat and power to process wood chips and animal bedding.

There have been concerns over the emissions, which would come out of two chimneys at the plant.

More than 100 protesters attended a meeting held at Swindon Borough Council to discuss the plans in August.

Further inquiries will be made by council officials into the plans before it is considered again.

A Pure Green Ltd spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

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