New biological waste plant for Carbury

Bord na Mona's Drehid's site
A NEW Bord Na Mona mechanical biological treatment facility has been granted planning permission.

A NEW Bord Na Mona mechanical biological treatment facility has been granted planning permission.

An Bord Pleanála this week has granted permission to Bord Na Mona, under section 37G of the Planning and Development Act 2000, to build a mechanical biological treatment facility on the site of the Drehid Waste Management Facility in Coolcarrigan, Drummond and Kilkeaskin, Carbury.

The facility will have the capacity of 250,000 tonnes per annum of waste on a 29-hectare site.

An Bord Pleanála adopted the report of the Inspector who held a recent Oral Hearing in December, which described, analysed and evaluated the environmental impact statement.

The planning authority completed an environmental impact assessment and concluded that that proposed development would not be likely to have significant adverse effects on the environment.

It found the proposed development would be acceptable in terms of the impacts on the amenities of the area and of property in the vicinity, would not be prejudicial to public health, would not constitute a threat of pollution and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.

Among the conditions include: a 10-year limit which takes account of concerns that the site would outlive the current dump instead of the indefinite permission; requirement to detail the screening of the site with landscaping; surface water discharges to be controlled via settlement ponds to minimise further pollution risk to Cushling River; no vehicle access on Saturday afternoons and Sundays; light impact on surrounding amenity to be managed.

In addition, Kildare County Council is to manage a bursary for projects funded by Bord Na Mona for environmental improvement and recreational and community amenity in the locality.

This is to coincide with the already in place annual Drehid grant scheme.

In a statement to the Leader, Bord na Mona welcomed the decision: “It is intended that this state-of-the-art facility will process residual municipal solid waste that is currently being disposed of directly to landfill.

“The process uses a combination of mechanical processing and biological treatment (using natural processes including composting and dry anaerobic digestion) to reduce the volume of waste that require disposal.”

Local representative Cllr Padraig McEvoy also welcomed the news. “Firstly in that a mechanical biological treatment facility will reduced the amount of waste material at the site.

“And secondly, money allocated to local amenities will be of some compensation to area.

“I am also glad that it is a limited to 10-year permission, and that protection of bridges roads along routes will alleviate road maintenance.

Additional reporting by Sheamus Farrell