Villagers back inquiry into Sutton Bridge power station schemes

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More than 600 people have backed demands for a public inquiry on two proposed power stations on the edge of their village.

However, only around one in six voters took part in the local referendum, known as a parish poll, in Sutton Bridge and Wingland on Wednesday.

But campaigners who are fighting plans for a £300 million biomass power station and a second gas-fired power plant were pleased with the outcome.

A total of 614 people voted for both plans to be decided at a public inquiry during the poll held over five hours at the Curlew Centre.

Objectors to the schemes want the inquiry so that all the issues, including potential threats to health, can be examined.

Seven people who voted were against a public inquiry and there were two spoilt papers. The turnout was 17.7 per cent.

But parish councillor and campaigner Jenny Rowe said it was “a good number of people to request a public inquiry.”

Meanwhile, a decision on the biomass power plant scheme has been delayed by South Holland Council until at least September.

A spokesman said: “Officers are seeking clarification on certain points, as well as some additional information, from the applicant EnergyPark Sutton Bridge to ensure the committee has the full range of information when considering this application.”

Among the issues the authority has requested more detail of is whether the wood to be used to power the plant would be sourced within the UK or not.