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Testing to start on Shrewsbury incinerator

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More than 5,000 homes have been leafleted ahead of plans to start running tests at Shrewsbury's multi-million pound waste incinerator.

The incinerator at Battlefield, Shrewsbury, under construction in April

People living close to the site, on the Battlefield Enterprise Park, have been warned to expect more activity, including noise and steam, in the coming weeks.

The tests are set to begin later this month and will run through to early January, with the waste incinerator – known as an energy recovery facility (EFR) – expected to become fully operational next year.

Steve Mitchell, general manager for site owners Veolia, said: "We're going to be cleaning tubes and that will make steam plumes from various parts of the plant but when it's fully up and running there will be relatively little to see.

"We will be drying out the boiler using fuel oil and this will create steam.

"We will also be steam-blowing and noise from the site will be higher than normal.

"People will see a steam plume from the chimney and vents on the roof and waste delivery vehicles will begin to be routed onto the ERF site."

The leaflet said the steam-blowing process could be noisy but would take place only between 7.30am and 7.30pm from Monday to Friday.

"To minimise any nuisance to our neighbours a temporary silencer will be positioned between the turbine and the boiler building," said the leaflet.

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The energy-from-waste facility has taken two years to build following a legal battle with Shropshire Council over planning permission.

Veolia said the incinerator would burn up to 90,000 tonnes of waste taken from local homes and generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.

In 2007, Veolia won a 27-year contract worth £850 million from the Shropshire Waste Partnership, which is now part of Shropshire Council.

But when the council refused planning permission for the site Veolia appealed.

As a result, Shropshire Council is still paying Veolia's £825,000 legal bill, which a court agreed could be covered by instalments of £40,000 a year.

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