Major plans to build a plant to turn waste into electricity on the site of a former engineering firm in Wednesbury have been welcomed by residents.
Bosses say the scheme, which is earmarked for Portway Lane in Wednesbury, will create scores of jobs and investment in the area.
And on Friday and Saturday, people living nearby got a chance to take a first look at the proposals for the site at a public exhibition at Wednesbury Town Hall.
Under proposals being developed by Broadcrown, it is hoped the power generated there could be used to fuel civic buildings, including the new leisure centre being built in the town.
Kathleen Holmes, who lives on nearby Bilston Road was among those who attended the exhibition. She said: “We were very worried it was going to be a nuisance to the environment, with smoke, noise, toxins, but there’s nothing of that.
“There will be no noise nuisance, so as far as I’m concerned it’s good.”
Jackie Howell, also from Bilston Road, was again pleased with what she saw.
She said: “I think it’s a good idea initially, and I’ll now go away and have a look in more detail.
“But it looks to be a really fantastic thing as far as recycling is concerned, because we don’t want to carry on burning waste.”
Meanwhile, Wednesbury North ward Councillor Peter Hughes has a particular personal interest in the scheme as it is due to be built on a site formerly owned by his family.
He said: “They are hoping to bring into the area and the country one of the first energy renewal places of this kind.
“It is of interest to me because the name of the site is formerly Hughes and Sons engineering. It’s the land where my family’s business was run for many years, until it closed in 1999.
“I know it is a bit sentimental, but the fact the area will be used for something of this kind is quite poignant, and I’m very much in favour.
“The event was a consultation event for the people of Wednesbury to learn more about what the company is proposing and what the plant will be doing. I wouldn’t have thought there would be major objections because it’s on an industrial road, it’s not as though it’s going to be an issue to residential properties.”
The plant will take commercial and industrial waste, along with biomass products, to generate heat and power which will be pumped back into the network.
The waste will be delivered to the plant and then weighed, recorded and sorted to remove rubble or metal components. Recyclable materials will also be removed and taken elsewhere to be recycled.