Proposed plant is too big
Back in February Fengrain committed to allay the fears of their neighbours regarding their anaerobic digester.
Instead, they came back with a new application for an even bigger plant surrounding two sides of the existing grainstore and almost doubling the Fengrain site in total.
To boot, they also submitted an appeal on the original application, bully boy tactics to try to frighten the Planning Committee into allowing the new application.
The decision at the hands of the Planning Committee has been postponed for months following challenges from the local residents prompting FDC to query information presented by Fengrain and to allow Fengrain extra time to ‘get their house in order’.
However, questions still remain unanswered and being more informed, their neighbours are more concerned than ever.
The application site is still a stone’s throw from an elderly lady’s home and within 200 metres of several others, including a Grade II -listed building. The new application is still too big and still too close to houses.
The final decision date has been set for Thursday, December 3, at a special Planning Committee meeting.
Lessons need to be learnt from the anaerobic digesters currently in operation in the area:
Mepal anaerobic digestion plant and the effect seen in villages such as Manea due to maize growing for the plant and the huge impact on the surrounding roads and A142; mud covered roads, fatal accidents, damaged verges and the impact on other road users due to convoys of large slow moving vehicles delivering to the site.
Westry and the terrible odours from both the anaerobic digester and the stench of the digestate when spread on the field, which is quite unlike the normal muck spreading smell.
However, this will not just affect Wimblington but will have a huge impact the whole area.
As Cllr Murphy said back in February, ‘Let commonsense prevail over commercial greed’, and for the sake of the whole area we can only hope that Fengrain’s concrete cash cow is refused once again.
In reply to the letter published in the Fenland Citizen dated 18th November, I commend Cllr Mandley for promising to give a monthly update, however his letter infers he was responsible for getting county to resurface Westbourne Road. This is clearly an oversight as this was agreed by county prior to his election in October.
I, together with the rest of the town council, had been pressing for this for some time and we were pleased to report at the September town council meeting that we had received a letter from the county council that Westbourne Road, The Orchards, and the Hawthorns would be repaired and then receive an application of micro asphalt in March 2016.
I would like to thank County Councillor David Conner as would, I am sure, the rest of the town council for assisting me on this matter. I did after the meeting relay this information to the residents who had first brought the state of the road to my attention.
I would remind residents that the minutes of all town council meetings are published on Chatteris Town Council website. Town council meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the town council offices in Church Lane.
Cllr Anne Hay
Chatteris Town Councillor
Fenland District Councillor
There is no doubt in my mind that the new David Oliver family and friends Wisbech Town Council has lost its way. Just wandering around the market place removes any doubts I may have had that they haven’t quite grasped the potential of that exceptional public place right in the heart of the town.
I would commend the town council, for example to have a look at Hunstanton. At one end of the high street, the town council has created a permanent structure that has a flowing marquee type roof that is open all the way around, with beautiful paving and a semi-circular low wall that is ideal for sitting on and chatting.
Something like this that is light and airy, would not contravene the requirement for the market place to remain an open market place, and would provide an exceptional arena that local operatic, theatre, arts and music societies could use regularly (even weekly) for putting on events.
The other 80 per cent of the market place could then be paved also in a sympathetic style .