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11 january 2012
Residents in Leeds are being encouraged to attend a series of drop-in sessions to find out more about plans to build a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at the former wholesale market site on Pontefract Lane, Cross Green.

Veolia Environmental Services is planning to build a waste treatment plant on behalf of Leeds City Council, which is capable of boosting recycling rates and generating electricity for the National Grid by burning household waste that cannot be recycled.
The company is currently working on a planning proposal to be submitted in the spring and are keen to hear from people across Leeds and in the local area to help shape the proposals, get involved in the development and share their views.

Three drop-in sessions are to be held: 
• Thursday 19 January, 2.30pm-8.30pm at Richmond Hall, Long Close Lane, Leeds LS9 8NP
• Friday 20 January, 2.30pm- 8.30pm, at St Phillips Church, Osmondthorpe Lane, Leeds, LS9 9EF
• Saturday 21 January, 10am-4pm, Halton Moor Community Centre (formerly East Leeds Leisure Centre), Neville Road, LS15 0NW
The proposed facility will create up to 300 jobs during the three year construction and 45 permanent jobs. Veolia is committed to working with local colleges and schools to deliver courses and support apprenticeships to train its future work-force.
John O’Sullivan, Project Director at Veolia Environmental Services, said: “We are encouraging all residents and businesses in the local area to come down and examine our plans, find out the facts behind the proposals and learn a bit more about  how we can increase recycling and generate energy from the city’s waste.”

An invitation to the drop-in sessions and a detailed booklet explaining some of the proposals and key facts has also been posted to local neighbourhoods in the east Leeds region and businesses near the industrial site.

Council officers will also be available at the drop-in sessions to talk through the plans and answer any questions.

Anyone unable to attend the sessions can still tell Veolia what they think or find out more by visiting the website www.veolia.co.uk/leeds emailing leeds.enquiries@veolia.co.uk or calling their dedicated, freephone information line on 0800 085 8980.

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Contacts

For more information please contact:
Kevin Parker
Regional Communications Manager    
Veolia Environmental Services   
Mobile (07909 883226)    
Email: kevin.parker@veolia.com
Or visit www.veoliaenvironmentalservices.co.uk/Leeds  
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