PLANS for a proposed new power station near Stone will go on show next week.
Meaford Energy Limited (MEL), a joint venture between Meaford Business Park owner St Modwen and Glenfinnan, announced the plans for a new combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station last month.
Meaford Business Park is the site of the former coal-fired Meaford Power Station, which was decommissioned in the 1990s.
Regeneration firm St Modwen bought the site for £2.65 million nine years ago but the 85-acre site has remained undeveloped.
The Meaford Energy Centre would take up 30 acres of the site and provide 30 highly-skilled permanent local jobs, as well as creating up to 800 construction jobs over three years, MEL said.
Its website said: “A CCGT power station on Meaford Business Park would make the location more attractive to manufacturing, hi-tech industries and logistics occupiers, all of which would benefit from being located in close proximity to a secure supply of power together with the potential opportunity to take surplus heat generated by the proposed Meaford Energy Centre which will help reduce their carbon footprint.”
Local residents can have their say and meet the team at three public exhibition events next week.
Wednesday’s event is 1pm-7pm at the Lakeside Tavern’s function room in Meaford Road, Meaford, and the Stone display will be at Stone Station Community Centre on Thursday, October 10, 1pm -8pm.
On Friday, October 11, Barlaston Village Hall hosts the exhibition 1pm-7pm.
Speaking to Barlaston Parish Council on Tuesday, Stone Rural county councillor Ian Parry said he had met with residents from the St Vincent Mews area of Meaford this week to discuss the plans.
“They are not anti-it, they are very keen to engage in a positive and constructive way,” he said at Tuesday’s parish council meeting.