A STRETCH of bridleway almost half-a-mile long will be closed after work began yesterday on the access road to a multi-million pound new waste plant.
Engineers started a project for the the proposed waste facility at Manvers which involves building a new bridge and regrading the bridleway, known as Public Bridleway No 50.
This will mean the temporary closure of a 700-metre stretch of public for at least six months.
Officials said that the closure was necessary for safety reasons because there will be heavy goods vehicles on the bridleway.
Alternative routes for pedestrians and horse riders will be via Bolton Road and Houndhill Road.
At the end of the final closure period, the bridleway will be returned to its former condition.
The new facility is being built and will be maintained by Shanks Waste Management Ltd through 3SE, a partnership between Shanks Group PLC and Scottish & Southern Energy.
It will include a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant on a site at Bolton Road, Manvers.
Shanks’ Capital Delivery Director, Nigel Catling, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the closure is to ensure public safety during this key part of the construction period, an issue of paramount importance to us.”
The contract was awarded to 3SE earlier this year by the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Waste Partnership (BDR), supported by £77.4 million of government PFI funding.
The facility will open in 2015 and will deal with leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham over a 25-year period until 2040.