AD Plant

I received official confirmation yesterday that the Secretary of State has rejected the appeal against the refusal by Bury Council to allow the construction of an Anaerobic Digestion plant at Shuttleworth. Local residents have fought a long and hard campaign against the planning application and they will be delighted it has been turned down again.

I had a number of meetings yesterday to discuss constituency issues and surgery appointments. One of the meetings I had a was with representatives of BT on how they are progressing with the roll out of superfast broadband. Enormous progress has been made but because of the distance some properties are from the cabinet broadband speeds are still too low. Fortunately a combination of the Governments planned introduction of a Universal Service Obligation and advances in technology should help but I know it must be very frustrating for those who want better broadband but because of their location they have to wait.