A parish that could be home to three power stations is objecting to Defra’s plans to close 2,500 local authority air monitoring stations.
Sutton Bridge Parish Council says its existing power station isn’t sufficiently checked as the district council’s monitoring equipment is based at the primary school in the heart of the village rather than the Wingland industrial site.
And Defra’s nearest monitoring station is around 50 miles away at Wicken Fen, near Ely.
The existing power station has two chimneys, where yellow smoke plumes are regularly seen, and two more power stations are in the pipeline including a controversial gasifier.
Coun Jenny Rowe said: “We could end up with 17 chimneys on Wingland. We need to object to Defra and to ask South Holland to monitor Wingland before they consider any more applications.”
She said residents are keeping records of the yellow plumes, which were not meant to appear once it had been fully comissioned.