Industry to join waste plan

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THE company which is building the energy from waste incineration plant at Great Blakenham is appealing for potential industrial companies to come forward.

Sita UK has been given the go-ahead to build the new £185million plant which will supply electricity to the national grid.

A by-product of that would be a network of heating pipes which the company claims would supply cheaper energy.

But initial pipework would need to be within a four-mile radius of the plant and include the Whitehouse Industrial Estate in Ipswich.

The company needs between 10 and 12 factories to get on board to press ahead with this network.

But Andrew Stringer, Green party member on Suffolk County Council, said this should have been built into the initial plans for the plant.

“Questions arise as to whether there are enough of the right businesses in the area to absorb the amount of hot water that would be created,” he said.

Cllr Lisa Chambers, portfolio holder for waste, said the scheme would be the ‘icing on the cake’.