December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 21, 2013
Proposals for a £200million power station should bring with it the “maximum benefit” to the community, according to a senior county councillor.
The plans for the gas-fired station, which would be built at Eye Airfield, have been up for consultation in north Suffolk.
Suffolk county councillor Guy McGregor said there is “little point” in objecting to proposals but called for time to be spent urging the developer, Progress Power, to improve town and village facilities.
“We need an ongoing commitment from the power company to the local community,” said the councillor for Hoxne and Eye.
“The town and parish councils around the Eye Airfield need to receive money from the development over the expected life of the power station. My role is to secure the best possible deal and minimise the impact of the plant in my division.”
He said he understood the criticism of the plans but said it was not his role to lobby the Government, which is expected to make a decision on the plans in 2015.
He added there had been a “significant” reduction in the visual impact of the plant with the height of the station’s chimneys, which would number between one and five, reduced from 90 metres to a maximum of 30 metres.
He also pointed to the company’s decision to bury power cables instead of erecting electricity pylons across the countryside.
Paul Taylor, Progress Power’s head of communications, said: “We have met with Guy a number of times and to his credit he has made that (he wants to get money for town and parishes) very clear.”
He said the company would discuss what potential community benefits there could be with local authorities.
Plant construction is expected to take up to three years.