Villagers are claiming victory in energy bid


Campaigners in Stixwould are claiming victory after controversial plans for a green energy plant were apparently withdrawn.

Villagers from the rural community near Woodhall Spa had been fighting proposals by owners of Reeds Beck Farm.

They wanted to generate energy using a combination of chicken manure and maize.

However, their plans attracted widespread protests with residents who complained the plant would lead to an increase in noise, smells and traffic.

One of the leading campaigners was Brian Olive.

He attended a meeting at Lincolnshire County Council last month and persuaded officials to defer a final decision.

Now, Mr Olive has contacted the News to say the application has been officially withdrawn.

He said: “It’s still sinking in but it is marvellous news for everyone who was against this proposal.

“I don’t know of one single person who lives in this area and thought the energy plant was a good idea.

“It (the campaign) has been hard work, but it has been well worth it.

“Now, we can all get on with our lives again - without the worry of what might happen.”

Mr Olive went on to thank everyone who had helped the campaign.

He added: “We have had tremendous support and the county council received loads of letters.

“I’m sure that helped. The more people who objected, the better.

“If you like, it is a victory for people power.”

Residents said the plant would have had a massive impact on their lives.

They raised concerns that HGV’s accessing the farm would be using busy - and often single track - roads.

Woodhall Spa Parish Council also objected to the plans.

Councillors raised a number of concerns including doubts about whether all the maize for the project would be grown on the farm.

They were also worried that chicken manure would have been transported through Woodhall Spa.

District councillor Craig Leyland also pointed out lorries would have to travel along Sandy Lane, which is a popular walking route and cycle trail.

Controversially, Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways department did not raise any objections.