Locals Unhappy With Brigg’s New “Clean” Power Plant
By Paul Homewood
h/t Dave Ward
The good citizens of Scawby Brook seem none too happy with their new “clean energy” straw burning plant!
From the Scunthorpe Telegraph:
RESIDENTS have expressed their anger at litter from straw lorries heading to the new Brigg Renewable Energy Plant.
Some residents of Scawby Brook say an unacceptable level of straw is now being left on roads, pavements and gardens in the village by vehicles going to the site.
But power station bosses have pledged to continue working with residents and North Lincolnshire Council to find a solution to the problem.
Among those unhappy at the situation is Dave Fawcett, of Scawby Road, Scawby Brook.
He said: "Sometimes, the litter looks worse than other times, but it is on the roads, on footpaths and on people’s drives.
"It shouldn’t be left to us to move, it should be dealt with by the people at the top.
"It should be dealt with properly and none of this should be happening.
"You sometimes see someone has been fined for dropping sweet papers, but these lorries are doing it on a daily basis and it is a bit frustrating."
The road is being swept as part of a condition imposed when planning permission for the plant was granted.
But this cleaning does not extend to straw which blows onto pavements, driveways or gardens.
Mr Fawcett said he had complained to North Lincolnshire Council about the issue and had spoken to Ridge ward councillor Neil Poole about it.
Dave Allbones, who also lives on Scawby Road, said: "The lorries are littering straw.
"If you walk through the village, you can see all of the straw and it is a mess."
Mr Allbones said the movement of lorries through the village was causing a problem.
He said: "We were a tiny village and we now have 50 lorries going in and out every day."
Mr Poole said the issue had been discussed at liaison meetings between power station bosses, residents and the council.
He said he had raised the possibility of using curtain-sided lorries to move the straw or placing nets over the top of the straw to stop it blowing off the lorries.
He said: "Ward members are working with residents.
"We have called meetings and we are trying to progress it so we can remove the issue, but until we get this netting or sheeting, the problem will remain."
Quite apart from the issue of the straw, perhaps even more significant is the statement that “We were a tiny village and we now have 50 lorries going in and out every day."
I seem to recall that fracking applications have been turned down because of much smaller numbers of lorry journeys, which in any event are purely short term.