Flood risk fear

Existing plant: Sutton Bridge B will be built nearby.
Existing plant: Sutton Bridge B will be built nearby.
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Residents of Sutton Bridge have renewed their fight to stop a multi-million pound gas-fired power station being built close to the River Nene following a 10ft tidal flood surge in the river in December.

EDF Energy’s plan for the 1,800MW power station will be decided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

South Holland District is an official consultee and residents are asking the council to oppose the plan.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes revealed he has misgivings about infrastructure like Sutton Bridge B and the EnergyParK Sutton Bridge gasifier being placed in an area “that’s possibly subject to tidal surges”.

Resident Brian Collins-McDougall, from New Road, tells the council: “It is sheer madness to consider building a plant of this size on a red zone that is at high risk of flooding.”

He said the riverbanks “only just held back the surge” in December.

East Bank residents Colin and Janet Blundell tell the council: “The recent flooding and excessive ground water levels have not been taken into consideration.”

The Blundells are also worried by emissions from three power stations in such a small area.

The council was asked to forward its comments to the DECC by March 18, but has asked for the deadline to be extended.

District planning committee chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said he believes mitigating measures could be incorporated into Sutton Bridge B as they have been in other coastal areas.

EDF said it carried out a “comprehensive flood risk assessment”.