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Campaigners' concerns over traffic and pollution in Carmarthenshire

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

Campaigners' concerns over traffic and pollution

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CONCERNS over pollution and 120 extra lorries on Carmarthenshire roads have been raised by people fighting against plans for an incinerator in the county.

More than 100 residents attended a meeting opposing the plans for a solar farm and energy recovery centre at New Lodge Farm on Pontardulais Road in Cwmgwili.

The plans for the £50 million project on a former landfill site near Cross Hands have been submitted to Carmarthenshire Council by Clean Power Properties and the development promises to bring 150 jobs.

Sheryl Jeacock, who has set up a group opposing the plans, said since the meeting on Sunday hundreds of people have backed their campaign.

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Ms Jeacock said the group's concerns included pollution and increased lorries along an already dangerous A48 road.

A Clean Power spokeswoman said: "As well as contributing to the UK's renewable energy targets, the energy recovery element of this project will help provide Carmarthenshire with a much needed alternative to the landfilling of non-hazardous waste produced by the region from everyday life. Indeed, in acquiring this site we are proactively doing that by closing down the current landfill licences that could still be operated on the site."

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