‘Keep incinerators away from Sutton Bridge’ plea

Wash and Sutton Bridge Protection Group chairman Colin Blundell.
Wash and Sutton Bridge Protection Group chairman Colin Blundell.
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Campaigners who battled to stop a massive, wood-burning gasifier plant being built at Sutton Bridge want to put an end to any similar threat hanging over the village.

An extraordinary meeting of the parish council will be held on Tuesday when policies in the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan will be discussed.

If we go on the present wording, we would have the threat of an incinerator hanging over our heads.

Colin Blundell

Colin Blundell, who chairs the Wash and Sutton Bridge Protection Group, said current planning policies could leave the door open for another incinerator application and called on the parish council to get the wording changed.

He told last week’s parish council meeting: “If we go on the present wording, we would have the threat of an incinerator hanging over our heads.”

He wants to see the Wingland site reserved for business, industry and storage – and the door slammed shut on any power stations.

Tuesday’s extraordinary meeting starts at 7pm in The Curlew Centre, Bridge Road, and will include a question and answer session with Gary Alexander, the joint policy unit manager responsible for the local plan.

• In March South Holland District Council refused EnergyPark Sutton Bridge Ltd’s plan to develop a gasifier with 12 chimneys after the applicant failed to supply answers to a series of questions.

The council had previously granted planning consent, but that decision was scuppered when village resident Shirley Giles had it overturned in the High Court.