For thousands of years the inhabitants of this small corner of Britain have continuously struggled against the natural elements and various other forces until now they come up against uncaring developers, who see the inhabitants of the area as not capable of putting up a fight.
The battle for Sutton Bridge was halted for the moment, when South Holland District Council planning committee decided unanimously to accept their planners’ revised recommendations not to let a biomass gas incinerator be built at Wingland.
The developers still scan the maps to pick out suitable development sites for their projects
This reversal was not based on sound reasoning but simply on the fact that the developers had not deigned to reply to close questioning.
It took six long years of analysis of documents. It took years of research, reasoned arguments and finally an expensive court case for this to happen.
It involved many people beavering away in the background, ordinary people who decided independently at first that this development was wrong, and in various ways came together to fight this decision.
But the battle continues. The developers still scan the maps to pick out suitable development sites for their projects, often aided by government grants.
Sutton Bridge is not off the hook yet. A planned extension, more than double the size of the existing gas-fired power station is with the Secretary of State for a decision.
The main issue is the health and wellbeing of this and future generations of residents, not only because of the effects of emissions, but also on the landscape and in particular, The Wash.
The folk of Sutton Bridge are alert to the fact that the Minister in charge might sign off this development at the eleventh hour, just as the previous SoS did in 1997, which brought about the building of the existing gas fired power station, the required monitoring of whose emissions has never taken place.
It should not be forgotten that we are caretakers of this land— we do not ‘own’ it: future generations depend on us to be careful, not careless.