Row after online comments on Sutton Bridge power station scheme removed

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South Holland District Council stands accused of “trying to shut the public up” after barring residents’ comments from all planning applications published on its website.

The accusation comes from parish councillor and former district councillor Jenny Rowe, who used to sit on South Holland’s planning committee, after comments were deleted from the EnergyPark Sutton Bridge application for a gasifier power station at Sutton Bridge.

Mrs Rowe said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous and it’s a way of just trying to shut the public up. They have had so many letters of objection they can’t handle it.”

Planning committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said online abuse was taking up too much officer time to investigate. He said: “Unfortunately, the few have spoiled it for the many.”