Parish councillors are calling on planners to be “clear and honest” and say if they are policing key conditions imposed by an inspector before Sutton Bridge Power Station was built in 1999.
They want to know why the district council doesn’t appear to have sought emissions data from the power station company – relying instead on the authority’s own air quality monitor at Westmere Primary School – and why a condition for installation of a pipe designed to transfer heat to neighbouring businesses wasn’t enforced.
Sutton Bridge Parish Council wants answers because two more power stations could be dumped on the village – including a gasifier with 12 chimneys – and they fear, if approved, the district won’t uphold planning conditions.
The district council has now admitted it doesn’t know if the heat transfer pipe was ever built.
Planning development manager Richard Fidler replied to a parish council request for information, saying: “It is correct that planning officers have been unable to find a formal record that the work was undertaken. There is also no record that the work was not undertaken.”
Mr Fidler said the Environment Agency is the enforcing authority on air quality, but the parish council is asking him to spell out whether or not the council is receiving emissions data from the power station.
Parish councillor Mary Preston said: “We need to ask them for a clear and honest answer.”