Fengrain lodge second appeal - just within the deadline- in bid for anaerobic digester at Wimblington

One of the many protests by residents against the AD plant. Now they must do it again.

One of the many protests by residents against the AD plant. Now they must do it again. - Credit: Archant

A village was tonight preparing for the latest – and what could be conclusive- battle to stop an anaerobic digester plant.

The company is anxious to build a digester at Wimblington and despite the planning committee of Fenland Council rejecting their most recent application, they are to appeal it.

Papers have been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate with only weeks to go before the deadline expire.

Councillor Dave Connor fought to stop the digester and promised the village “is ready” to oppose the application at any future hearing.

At one planning meeting Fengrain director Paul Randle took exception to a protester’s description of the anaerobic digester as “concrete cash cows”.

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He said: “We vehemently refute the rhetoric and scare mongering of some of the comments as Fengrain cannot have such environment as ‘concrete cash cows feed, waste and urine’ on or near the site.

“Fengrain aerates all its grain through aeration systems and cannot have any detrimental odours that may affect the smell or visual of the grain and such a situation would never have received acceptance from the planners initially.”

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