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Locals Unhappy With Brigg’s New “Clean” Power Plant

March 9, 2016

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.

The straw-fired power station, on former Brigg sugar factory land at Scawby Brook, is now operating at full capacity, having been completed three months ahead of schedule.

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.

  1. catweazle666 permalink
    March 9, 2016 11:15 pm

    Curiously, one of the Warmunists’ greatest objections to hydraulic fracture technology is the volume of traffic to the sites during the period of well initialisation.

    This dubious piece of equipment requires 50 traffic movements every day for the lifetime of the plant, which is seemingly acceptable to them.

  2. Graeme No.3 permalink
    March 10, 2016 2:54 am

    The residents should sweep up all the straw for a week then dump it outside the Council Chambers, preferably as close as possible to the door nearest the Council employees car park. Repeat (if necessary) until action is taken.

  3. March 10, 2016 6:54 am

    It’s the same with anaerobic digester plants built in rural areas. Huge numbers of lorries and tractors deliver purpose-grown crops and manures and huge numbers of tankers remove the digestate. The damage to roads and lanes and to local residents’ lives does not matter when you are intent on saving the planet (or making a pile of money from the huge subsidies).

  4. March 10, 2016 7:42 am

    Seems a storm in a tea-cup, just tarp the lorries properly, small 40MW plant.

    #1 The plant is 1Km from Mum/Dad’s house. To get to the shops I have to cycle that road or cut thru the electric plant… I am waiting further info from Dad.
    #2 That hamlet is tiny 40 houses along that road, mostly set well back, the access road is at the South end, so half of the lorries never pass the village. A Telegraph commenter says “lorry drivers carrying this straw do not secure their loads, or tarp it over.” instead they just drive slowly.
    The pic is taken at the road bend. There’s only one house there, old watermill house.

    #3 50 extra lorries a day isn’t really significant, there has always been 50-100 lorries/day on that road. You find they’ve shed the occasional sugar beet or turnips sometimes. (15 years ago the power station site was a sugar beet factory so had seasonal lorry traffic)
    30 years ago that road was sometimes closed due to the smoke from burning straw fields

    #4 It’s a small plant, 40MW is pretty much A TOY compared to a proper gas plant 30 times bigger, and it can only operate fully when straw is available which is not every week of the year was.

    #5 It’s the Scunthorpe Telegraph a news source that makes the BBC look accurate. Typically reporters as sitting 100Km away at base and have never been to the places they write about. A twitter search shows there was hardly a fuss.

    Other concerns are more important
    #1 The lorries may cause an accident
    #2 A similar plant at Sleaford had a massive problem when its onsite straw stockpile caught fire, burning for 2 days.
    #3 Biomass is controversial as to does it really reduce CO2
    If the straw had been left in situ it would have nourished the soil, so a consequence is extra fertiliser will be used to replace that.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      March 10, 2016 12:30 pm

      Very good assessment of the situation nice to see some local knowledge in appraising it. If the plant did not depend on green-subsidies it would be as justifiable as the old beet-sugar power generation was and give some local employment.

      The issue of biomass or waste storage needs a lot more regulation looking at the number of uncontrolled fires that have occurred due to totally inadequate design of storage areas.

    • Tom O permalink
      March 10, 2016 6:14 pm

      And what is the kilowatt per kilo of carbon dioxide emitted by the toy plant? What is the kilowatt to kilo of particulate that is emitted into the atmosphere? What good is “renewable” power if it is as dirty or dirtier than “fossil generated” power? As for a 50 lorrie increase on the road, what is the damage being done to the road by the increase in traffic? Most roads are built with specific traffic limits in mind. Does the traffic on this road still stay within the engineering limits of the road?

    • March 10, 2016 8:37 pm

      Must be near one of my favourite cycling routes, Stew

      I go around Haxey, Owston Ferry Etc. Nice and flat, and nothing much other than potato lorries!

    • March 30, 2016 11:16 am

      Update : Dad says he can see straw always at that corner. He has not noticed locals fussing, but he goes away a lot, so might have missed something.

  5. Richard111 permalink
    March 10, 2016 7:42 am

    I do hope all the delivery vehicles are electric.

  6. AndyG55 permalink
    March 10, 2016 10:57 am

    1. How do they get the straw there.

    2. How is the wood chip, chipped and transported

    3. Fresh biomass produces a LOT of particulate matter.

    4. How does the atmosphere know the CO2 come from wood/plants and not coal?

    5. What fraction of degree C, to the nearest 15th decimal places, will it make using hay instead of coal.

    6. What effect does this have on the price of hay for livestock?

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      March 11, 2016 10:29 am

      No effect on hay prices, as it’s straw that’s being used.
      Different stuff, hay’s dried grass, straw’s dried cereal stalks.
      Straw’s always been used for animal bedding, especially cattle, being a waste product, it’s historically had little value, hence in times gone by, it’d just be burnt in the field after harvesting.
      The straw for these places is stored largely on the abandonned airfields that litter Lincolnshire, where it comes from to get to the storage sites is a different question, looking at the sign writing on the lorries delivering it.

  7. Bloke down the pub permalink
    March 10, 2016 12:31 pm

    Whenever a local rag’s headline says that someone is angry, it usually turns out they were only a little irked .

  8. Adam Gallon permalink
    March 11, 2016 10:23 am

    I live on the edge of the old Fulbeck airfield. It’s used for storing straw for the power station near Sleaford.
    Currently, the site owner is trying to get planning permission for this change of use (Along with 10 bird-mincing subsidy windmills!) Lots of straw dumped on the road, the road edges and verges are being destroyed by the lorries, taking straw onto & off the airfield.
    Signs that a number of lorries have been very close to ending up in the fields beside the road, looking at tyre marks carved far into the verges!
    They’ve also requested permission from Lincs Highways, to strengthen the pavements in Stragglethorpe, so lorries can use them whem passing each other!
    The power station is supposed to use straw from a 20 mile radius. Well, it is – after a fashion – as one of the storage sites is the airfield, but as to where the straw comes from in the first place, is a different question altogether!

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