Incinerator could create 300 jobs

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MORE than 300 new jobs could be in the pipeline as plans are submitted for a renewable power station in Sutton Bridge.

The £300million EnergyPark Sutton Bridge development is earmarked for Wingland Enterprise Park and could generate enough renewable energy to power 55,000 homes by burning natural biomass fuel.

Plans have now been submitted to South Holland District Council and a decision is due to be made by December.

If it gets the go-ahead, the 64-acre site would also include a visitor centre, which could be used by schools to give pupils an insight into renewable energy.

The plans have met a mixed reaction from residents living close to the proposed site.

Sutton Bridge parish councillor Jenny Rowe expressed some concern about the amount of HGV traffic to the site and said: “Sutton Bridge gets fed-up with everything being thrown here.

“We don’t want this kind of industry. We want labour intensive industry, not something that is detrimental to people’s health.”

Residents Wendy and Tony Nuccoll have also raised fears about extra traffic and resulting road safety issues, although said the extra jobs would be great for the area.

It is believed up to 300 jobs could be created during the 30-month construction of the power station, with another 85 to 100 positions, including scientists, chargehands, engineers and cleaners, once the site is operational.

A further 150 people could be employed as a result of the power station in related roles such as drivers, security and ground staff.

EPSB would also make a “significant financial contribution” to the local community through a social responsibility committee.

The committee of residents, community groups and businesses would decide how the money would be best spent.

Project manager Helen Rome said: “We are delighted to have submitted our proposal for EnergyPark Sutton Bridge and look forward to continuing to work closely with the local community over the coming months.

“With our 2020 renewables targets drawing ever closer there has never been a more pressing time for Britain to create a sustainable infrastructure for the 21st century.

“This is a vision that EPSB would crucially contribute towards.”