Residents who have fought for five years against plans to build a composting facility near Arkwright Town are now hoping the environment agency can help them.
It follows a failed legal bid last year against a decision that would allow the transport and treatment of up to 40,000 tonnes of organic waste annually on land close to homes.
Villagers contested that in line with a legal agreement the site should already have been restored to create woodland, grassland, and recreation facilities once coal extraction finished in 2005.
Residents have now put their case to the Environment Agency which would have to approve a permit for the scheme to go ahead. Officials from the agency met with residents at the Arkwright Centre on Friday.
Suggestions to move the plant to other sites in the parish have been made, one at Buttermilk Lane next to a waste recycling facility, and the other at Markham Vale Growth Zone.
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