BHESCo started assessing the feasibility of an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant at Hangleton Bottom in June 2015. During the course of the next 18 months we conducted four community consultation meetings to gather comments and questions from local residents to assess their views on the project. In the meantime, we investigated the financial, environmental, social and technical feasibility of the site, preparing a number of scenarios for development of the plant.
As a result of this analysis, we have concluded that Hangleton Bottom is not a suitable site for our prospective AD plant. The size and scale of the plant would not meet the criteria of the local community considering the proximity of homes, current recreational use of the site and BHESCo’s values concerning the impact that it would have on local residents. As a community energy co-operative, BHESCo prides itself on having a positive impact on the lives of people in our community.
We thank all the residents who participated in our consultation events. We have appreciated your honesty and willingness to consider our proposal. We will keep you informed about our plans for developing our community owned Anaerobic Digestion plant. We strongly believe that our project has the ability to deliver part of the UK’s clean energy goals by creating energy from food that would otherwise be thrown away. The gas produced from the AD process can go some way to replacing any prospective shale gas that may be exploited in our region.