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Operating licence still under review for Stalybridge reclamation plant
Friday 10th February 2017 @ 13:53 by Nigel P.
Community Dukinfield News Stalybridge

Residents from Laburnum Avenue cover their ears in anticipation of the noise, they say is making their lives hell. The offending plant has now promised to put in place measures to reduce disturbance , but the Environmental Agency is still monitoring the situation before it decides whether to grant the plant in Bayley Street a Licence.



The diverse interests of residents and a waste plant in Stalybridge hang in the balance as the Environment Agency continues to monitor the plant while it considers its application for an operating licence.

The consultation process in considering the licence for PVC-R to operate from its factory in Bayley Street, Stalybridge, finished on the 23 rd of November, 2016, but the Environmental Agency is still assessing the situation and has not yet come to a decision.

The plant that reclaims PVC plastic from old window frames was found to be operating  without a licence, following years of complaints from local residents who claimed they were disturbed at all hours of the day by a sudden and deafening noise that comes from a machine that separates and crushes the materials in the reclamation process.

Residents claimed their complaints were passed from one agency to another as Tameside Council Environmental Services and the Environmental Agency failed to deal with the problem between them.

The residents eventually raised a petition signed by 200 people until the Environmental Agency stepped in and insisted the new company PVC- R(Rehaus) Ltd, that operates the plant, has the correct licence and is operating within the Agency’s guidelines.

The firm that previously ran the plant operated under an exemption and it was only last year that an Environmental Agency inspection revealed the plant to be operating outside the law.

Speaking at the time the Environmental Agency said:”Last year the Environment Agency inspected the site on Bayley Street, Stalybridge and found the company were operating outside the exemption and were required to apply for an Environmental Permit.”

“UPVC-R recycling Ltd have applied for a permit which will give us greater regulatory control over their activities. The company have carried out an independent Noise Impact Assessment which we are currently assessing. They have identified several actions they will take to address issues identified in the assessment. As part of the application they will have to provide a Noise and Vibration Management Plan (NVMP) this will detail how they intend to minimise any potential impacts to the area and forms part of the regulation of the site.”

Residents have said that the noise disturbance has been less frequent recently and generally not as loud as in previous months, but they are fearful that if the current company gets a licence then the activity and noise will revert back to previous levels.

A spokesperson for the company speaking last November said:”PVC-R acquired the assets of PVC Recycling from its administrators in October 2014.

Since then we have made significant investments in the site to secure the jobs of the workforce and to clear and improve the facility, including major investments in new equipment. We are committed to developing a sustainable recycling business which is a responsible neighbour.

As a company we only became aware of noise complaints in August of this year, arising from our ongoing liaison with the Environment Agency and we had not been notified of these by the previous owners.

Since then, we have appointed specialist industrial noise consultants to provide noise monitoring for us on the site, and to advise on remedial action we can take to reduce the noise of our shredder machine in particular so that it does not constitute a nuisance.”

But the decision whether to grant a licence is still not finalised.

An Environment Agency spokesperson, on Friday February 10, told the Reporter: “Through the Environment Agency investigation we established the company required a permit to operate. The company subsequently submitted the application which we are currently assessing. As part of this they need to supply evidence to support mitigation of noise and vibration on site. The company have already started to implement these changes. The Environment Agency continues to monitor the situation and ask residents that are experiencing noise to report these issues to our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

Mr John Roberts who lives near the plant said: ” All the residents are on tenterhooks waiting to see if the licence will be granted and the noise return to previous levels with the increased activities.”