Gas power plant plan withdrawn

SP90916 Pye Bridge incinerator protest.
SP90916 Pye Bridge incinerator protest.

Campaigners are still concerned about possible developments in Somercotes despite the withdrawal of plans to build a controversial gas power plant.

Warwick Energy had lodged an application with Derbyshire County Council for an £8m gasification plant on the Pye Bridge Industrial Estate.

But the developers have withdrawn plans for the plant after it was opposed by Amber Valley Against Incinerators (AVAIN) action group.

AVIAN feared the plant, which would have burned non-recyclable industrial and household waste to create syngas to power homes, might expose residents to potentially harmful dioxins.

Simon Lee, of AVAIN, said: “We are very happy that they are not going to be building incinerators next to our children’s schools. Until we know what is going to replace that application AVAIN will remain active.

“A similar type of plant is being run by Warwick Energy in Sutton-in-Ashfield which we will be monitoring. It’s a waiting game. We are not going anywhere.”

AVAIN collected 1,400 names on a petition and delivered 15,000 leaflets and over 2,000 objections were made to the council.

Warwick Energy said it may submit an application for an alternative scheme but at this stage it has no firm plans for changing the use of the site.