Sutton Bridge fears power station fight is over

Sutton Bridge power station on the banks of the river Nene at Sutton Bridge. ENGANL00120130422101630

Sutton Bridge power station on the banks of the river Nene at Sutton Bridge. ENGANL00120130422101630

A parish council believes it has lost its battle to de-reail a planned power station in the village of Sutton Bridge.

Government consent was given last year for EDF B, on the banks of the Nene, and parish council chairman John Grimwood said then the village was preparing for a “David and Goliath” battle.

Costly legal action was ruled out as Mr Grimwood warned it would bankrupt the village.

Parish council requests for a public inquiry and talks with Amber Rudd, who has since been switched from Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to Home Secretary, have been turned down and councillors are at the end of the road.

Mr Grimwood said: “We would prefer not to have, but it would appear it is possibly going to happen.”

He believed the nation’s need for electricity was put above the best interests of Sutton Bridge.

The Wash and Sutton Bridge Protection Group, chaired by Colin Blundell, meets next month to decide if it can continue the fight.

The power station lies just off the A17 and is a landmark on the Norfolk-Lincolnshire border.

It was built by Enron Engineering in 1997 at a cost of £337 million.

Sold by EDF Energy in 2008 it is now owned by General Electric.

An EDF spokesman said: “Receiving consent from DECC for the planning application for Sutton Bridge B power station last year was an important milestone.

“As we have previously stated, the project remains subject to an investment decision.

“The timing for this is dependent upon a number of factors, including progressing other aspects of the project and market and regulatory developments and has not been determined at this time.

“We will of course continue to communicate with the local community as the project progresses and as decisions are made.