A third round of Public Information Days is being held for the proposed Boston Alternative Energy Facility, a state-of-the-art power generation plant located at the Riverside Industrial Estate in Boston, which will use household waste to generate energy.
The third phase consultation will run until Tuesday, August 6, with public sessions held at various locations around the borough over the next few weeks.
The developers say the Boston Alternative Energy Facility will generate significant amounts of energy in a secure, clean and affordable way. It will use gasification technology to generate power from more than one million tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF), which is sourced from household waste which cannot be recycled. The proposed site is adjacent to The Haven and the RDF will be transported to the facility by ship from UK ports. The project is expected to create approximately 300 jobs during construction and around 80 jobs once operational.
It proposes to generate power equivalent to the annual energy demand of 206,000 homes – or 66 per cent of Lincolnshire’s households.
The proposed facility includes a purpose-built wharf with cranes for unloading and removing RDF from the ships, a storage area and a material-processing facility, including storage silos. The facility will also include a lightweight aggregate plant to process the residue from gasification into aggregate and the infrastructure required to recover carbon dioxide created by the process.
A visitor centre will be provided to allow people to visit the facility and find out how it works.
The first round of consultation events was held in September 2018 and the second round held in February 2019. Following these consultation phases, feedback from the community and stakeholders has been incorporated into the proposals and associated draft documents to be presented during the phase three consultation.
The third round of consultation will include a significant focus on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed facility. It will provide further information on the proposals, including the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) and the key findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment. Attendees will be invited to leave their feedback on the latest plans and will have the opportunity to talk to the project team about any concerns or queries they may have.
The consultation events will be held at following venues:
- Thursday, June 27, 3pm to 7pm: Fishtoft Pavilion, Playing Fields, Church Green Road, Fishtoft;
- Friday, June 28, 3pm to 7pm: Frampton Church House Village Hall, Middlegate Road, Frampton;
- Saturday, June 29, noon to 4pm: St Thomas’ Church Hall, London Road, Boston;
- Thursday, July 4, 3pm to 7pm: Ridlington Centre, Sibsey Lane, Boston;
- Friday, July 5, 1pm to 5pm: Wyberton Parish Hall, London Road;
- Saturday, July 6, noon to 4pm: St Nicholas Community Centre, Fishtoft Road, Boston.
Hard copies of the consultation material, including the Preliminary Environmental Information Report, are available until August 6 at the following locations:
Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Monday to Thursday from 8.45am to 5.15pm, Friday from 8.45am to 4.45pm; Boston Library, Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 5pm, Thursday, 9am to 6pm, Friday, 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm; Kirton Library, Wash Road, Kirton, Tuesday, 10am to 1pm, Thursday, 2pm to 4pm, Saturday, 10am to noon; Kirton Town Hall, Station Road. Kirton, Monday, 1pm to 9pm, Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm, Wednesday, 6pm to 9pm, Thursday, 7pm to 10pm and Friday, 9am to 11am.
Copies of the consultation documents can also be viewed on the project website at www.bostonaef.co.uk
Rachel Wild, Spokesperson for the Boston Alternative Energy Facility, said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended the first two rounds of Public Information Days. The feedback received was largely positive and has helped to shape the proposals as they progress.
“We encourage as many people as possible to engage with our Phase Three consultation by asking questions and providing feedback. Community views play an important part in shaping our proposals.”
All comments must be submitted before the consultation ends at midnight on August 6.
You can find out more about the proposals at www.bostonaef.co.uk