9th Aug, 2020

Power station protesters demonstrate outside council HQ

PROTESTERS angry at plans to build a gas-fired power station in open countryside near Alcester took their objections straight to the top.

They held a demonstration outside Stratford District Council’s headquarters over Energy supplier Enso Ltd’s bid for the station bordering the A46 and Croft Lane just outside the village of Haselor.

“The demonstration showed the depth of feeling over this issue and we certainly got the message across,” said Alcester councillor Mark Cargill, who is also the district council’s transformation and digital spokesman.

“The leader of the council knows about it, the planning officers have been made aware of it and the next step is to ask people to carry on objecting.”

The station plans include a four-metre high noise reducing timber fence, security fencing and CCTV cameras.

Objectors, whilst acknowledging the need for energy generation, say the location is wrong.

Coun Cargill said: “This is for a simple single cycle gas power generator, and the by-product of that is heat.

“If you can get 40 per efficiency you are doing well which means 60 per cent of the energy is going straight into the atmosphere, not only is it wasteful but unless they have some cleaning mechanism which I’m not aware of, it also means pollutants, all plonked in the middle of a field.”

He added he was not against power stations but there were better and more efficient versions.

“We’d be building another carbon hungry facility at a time when we have got to wean ourselves off just this sort of machine,” said Coun Cargill. “This entire application is just plain wrong.”

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