Poll sees campaign against biomass plant hotting up

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A parish referendum is taking place in Sutton Bridge over controversial plans for a £300m biomass plant.

Residents are being asked to cast their vote today on whether they want a gasification plant for burning wood chippings on a 64-acre site at Wingland.

This follows an overwhelming call for a parish poll at a packed Sutton Bridge Parish Council meeting last month.

The plan, expected to go before South Holland District Council in the new year, has been put forward by Peterborough Renewable Energy Limited (PREL).

Campaigners for Bridge Against the Incinerator (BATI) have been leafleting the town to encourage residents to vote.

On Friday, they met Energy Minister John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, at the Royal British Legion Hall to discuss concerns.

Spokesman for BATI, Craig Jackson said: “I am delighted our local MP John Hayes took the time meet with local residents to listen to their serious concerns about the Incinerator proposals. He has agreed to take up these concerns as our local MP directly with PREL and the council.

“We need to send South Holland District Council a clear message that Sutton Bridge does not want a polluting giant incinerator built on our doorstep. The only way to send that message is by voting ‘no’.

“If local people care about the future of Sutton Bridge, their health, their children’s health, the health of future generations, the value of their homes, and the amount of traffic on our roads they need to vote.”