Wimblington residents form committee against digester

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Villagers have formed a committee to oppose plans for an anaerobic digester.

Fengrain has submitted a fresh application to Fenland District Council to create a digester in Wimblington which will process 45,000 tonnes of sugar beet, rye, grass or maize to create gas.

The application was refused planning permission in February on the grounds of visual amenity, landscape character and overbearing impact on nearby properties.

Some residents have now formed a committee. Members will be raising money and awareness during a garden open day on August 1 and 2 from noon to 4pm. A “Representation of Localism” rally will be held.

Angela Johnson, from the committee, said: ““The residents of our picturesque, once ‘village of the year’, Wimblington benefit nothing from this application.

“Even though the applicant states that careful consideration has been given to the local objections and concerns raised by the planning committee, what they are not aware of is this is a residential area and there are more issues and concerns.”

Fengrain says careful consideration has been given to local objections and concerns raised by the planning committee. A company statement says: “We are confident that the new plan answers all of the issues raised by the planning committee.

“There are compelling reasons for the use of the location, Fengrain have operated on the same site for over 40 years, we are an honourable business owned by the local farming community.”