Gasifier should not be built – MP

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MP John Hayes supported protesters in Long Sutton on Friday as they handed out leaflets to warn of hazards posed by a planned gasifier on a site three miles away.

The £300million, wood-
burning plant will be built on industrial land at Wingland, on the edge of Sutton Bridge, unless the authorities come down on the side of Sutton Bridge villagers who want it kicked out.

John Hayes supports gasifier protesters in Long Sutton. ANL-141013-120818001

John Hayes supports gasifier protesters in Long Sutton. ANL-141013-120818001

Mr Hayes has looked at issues surrounding the plant – including possible effects on the amenity and wellbeing of villagers, in terms of emissions from its chimneys and from hundreds of lorry journeys, and the potential threat to globally important wildlife habitats in and around The Wash.

“My profound concerns about the incinerator in Sutton Bridge – this so-called gasifier – remain,” he said.

“This doesn’t have the support of the community, it doesn’t have the support of the local MP, it doesn’t stack up and it should not go ahead.”

The MP says no one knows where the fuel will come from to feed the plant, which will burn 420,000 tonnes of wood a year to generate electricity, and this remains a key concern.

He said: “There is so much complacency about The Wash by these developers – the marshland is one of the last great wildernesses and we should treasure and value that and not plonk huge industrial structures on its edge.

“We should value the 
place in which we live for what it is.”

Village hero Shirley Giles (74) joined the protest and Mr Hayes praised the great-grandma for using her own cash to go to the High Court and overturn planning consent given by South Holland District Council to EnergyPark Sutton Bridge.

Because of Mrs Giles’ actions, the council decision was declared unlawful but the company has submitted amended plans.

Protester Jenny Rowe, who handed out leaflets, said: “Most people seemed aware of the plans and no one I spoke to was in support of it. 
“I am sure they are all well aware of the distance the emissions will travel and the huge amount of HGVs that would be needed to import wood from abroad to a plant that the developers say is only 30 per cent efficient – so 70 per cent is a complete waste of wood.”