Residents will go to the polls for the second time tomorrow to vote on a £300 million biomass power station plan for the edge of their community.
Villagers in Sutton Bridge and neighbouring Wingland will be asked if the fate of the controversial EnergyPark Sutton Bridge proposal should be determined at a public inquiry, alongside EDF’s plans for a second gas-fired power station on the banks of the River Nene.
The poll will take place at the Curlew Centre between 4 and 9pm on Wednesday and campaigners against the scheme are hoping for a big turnout.
The vote was arranged following statements made at public meetings by one of the company’s directors that EnergyPark wouldn’t build the gasifier if local people didn’t want it.
Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “It’s now up to all of the people in the village to stand up and be counted.”
Although a planning decision could be made by South Holland Council as early as its planning committee’s meeting next week, residents believe the council doesn’t have the technical expertise or all of the information it needs to examine risks involving pollution, fire and explosions – or to assess its sustainability.
Meanwhile, resident Shirley Giles, who won a legal battle against the district council’s decision to grant planning permission for the original biomass plant plan, has written to the Local Government Ombudsman to complain about its handling of the issue.