Eye: Mayor calls on town to make voice heard over plans for £200m gas-fired power station

Eye town mayor Merlin Carr.

Eye town mayor Merlin Carr. - Credit: Archant

THE mayor of a town where there are proposals for a £200million gas-fired power station has called on people to play an active part in its development.

The station is being proposed for Eye Airfield, with the developers promising it will give a multi-million-pound boost to the economy with hundreds of new jobs created.

Merlin Carr, Eye town mayor, said: “We are going to try and raise the publicity as much as possible. There was an interest in the wind turbines and the developer did run a couple of exhibitions in the town hall but not as many people went to the exhibitions as we would have wanted. We want to get more people involved in this proposal.

“I think it’s far too early to get a response from the town council. It’s very new to us and we will have to be in contact with the town and district councillors.”

Progress Power Ltd has put forward the power station proposal which it said would provide enough electricity to supply 400,000 homes.

According to the company the development would generate hundreds of jobs during the station’s construction and up to 30 new roles when operational.

Mr Carr has called on people to attend two public exhibitions to be held in the town next week about the proposals. Eye Community Centre will host the first event on Friday, May 17, from noon to 5.30pm, with a second exhibition running on May 18 from 9am to 1pm.

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This year two 130metre-high wind turbines – which are some of the tallest in the country – also began working on the airfield.