Hazardous waste may be treated at town site

Paul Dainton outside Healthcare Environmental Services Ltd, Normanton Industrial Estate
Paul Dainton outside Healthcare Environmental Services Ltd, Normanton Industrial Estate

PLANS for a “hazardous” medical waste treatment centre at Normanton Industrial Estate may get the go-ahead despite objections.

Healthcare Environmental Services wants to change the use of an industrial building in Loscoe Close to a waste treatment centre, dealing with as much as 34,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee was due to discuss the item yesterday, but it was deferred until a later date.

A report produced for councillors said: “In the short term, the main source of the waste would originate from NHS hospitals which would be regarded as hazardous (waste whose collection and disposal is subject to special requirements in order to prevent infection) but includes other streams of wastes which would also have hazardous characteristics (toxic, carcinogenic, teratogenic, mutagenic, infectious).

“The application is for a wide range of wastes which include both hazardous and non-hazardous materials.”

Objectors to the scheme include Normanton Town Council.

Its spokesman stated: “The development would be detrimental to the future development of the town. There are concerns in respect to the waste proposed to be handled at the facility and the risk of pollution and contamination.”

Members also felt they were already “inconvenienced” by Welbeck landfill site and household waste recycling centre on the entrance to the town.

Environmental campaigner Paul Dainton of Residents Against Toxic Scheme (RATS) said: “Councillors and planners have allowed Normanton to become the cesspit of the waste industry, with planners having their own agendas for what local people will receive. ”

But planning officers have recommended approval and said strict legislation will be in place to deal with hazardous waste.

A return date for the application is yet to be set.