Councillor accused of ‘betraying’ village

SAYING NO: Village protestors in the public gallery at last month's planning meeting. SG170413-558NG
SAYING NO: Village protestors in the public gallery at last month's planning meeting. SG170413-558NG

Sutton Bridge parish councillors are making a final bid to stop a £300million biomass power station being built at Wingland.

South Holland’s planning committee meets on Wednesday and is expected to give the go-ahead having already approved all but a few final details of the application from EnergyPark Sutton Bridge.

A letter from the parish council will ask the committee not only to defer the application so a public meeting can be held in the village with environmental and other experts – but to look at the whole thing again.

Planning committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said members will decide on Wednesday whether or not to defer the plan, but their decision is about a building and the Environment Agency is responsible for checking the safety of the power station’s emissions.

Parish councillors claim district councillors didn’t understand the plans and believe some key details were not reported to them.

Coun Jenny Rowe told parish councillors: “We will probably end up going for judicial review because I think it’s been dealt with appallingly.”

Mrs Rowe attended April’s planning meeting and had three minutes to voice parish council objections, but told parish councillors that Sutton Bridge councillor and planning committee member Chris Brewis should have 
done more.

She said: “I then got no support from Councillor Brewis whatsoever – he could have stood up and talked for as long as he wanted and got that (the application) thrown out.”

Coun Vicky Hills said some district councillors admitted they didn’t understand the application’s non-technical summary and wondered what chance they stood with the technical summary.

She said: “We also need to point out to them how incompetent we think they all were and have it noted.”