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‘Listen to us’, plead Sutton Bridge campaigners after power station poll

Parish poll day: Protesters collected signatures on letters to go to EnergyPark Sutton Bridge.

Parish poll day: Protesters collected signatures on letters to go to EnergyPark Sutton Bridge.

Campaigners fighting plans for two new power stations hope a parish poll will help to persuade councillors and ministers that a public inquiry should take place.

More than 600 people backed a demand for a government inspector to determine the fate of the proposed developments near Sutton Bridge in last Wednesday’s vote, with only seven against.

The result will be sent to the government and parish councillor Jenny Rowe said: “We hope South Holland District Council will now support us in trying to get a public inquiry into both the applications. That’s clearly what the residents want.

“They call themselves ‘the listening council’. If the council are listening to the people they will support us.”

Protesters are expected to speak at tomorrow (Wednesday’s) South Holland planning committee when councillors are asked to rubber-stamp a list of 32 conditions for the planned EDF gas-fired power station on the banks of the River Nene.

The district council is only a consultee for that application, made under the Electricity Act, but has already voted to raise no objections.

The far more controversial EnergyPark Sutton Bridge application for a wood-fuelled, biomass power station is due to go before the planning committee at a later date.

If both are built, residents will live in the shadow of 17 towering chimneys – including the two at the existing power station – and fear the combined emissions will pose a huge health hazard.

They are also worried about the threat of fires following a series of blazes at wood-fuelled biomass plants.

 

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