Fengrain show no compassion to their neighbours claim

Public Inquiry into Fengrain AD plant. Picture: Steve Williams.

Public Inquiry into Fengrain AD plant. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Once again Fengrain Limited are using up the valuable resources of both Fenland District Council and the Secretary of States Inspectorate, which means they are also using the ever depleting financial resources of these departments.

Public Inquiry into Fengrain AD plant. Picture: Steve Williams.

Public Inquiry into Fengrain AD plant. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Instead of gracefully accepting three defeats in regards to the erection of an anaerobic digester they are now hell bent on bringing it all up again in a new appeal causing yet more stress and worry on those living in the local area.

This time Fengrain have opted to have written representation, this may be for financial reasons or maybe, in my opinion, they do not want the show of solidarity and community spirit in the fight against this proposal.

They show no compassion or respect towards the objections and concerns of their neighbours, their village, the local area and communities, the Parish Council or the local MP, all of whom are against the proposed erection of an anaerobic digester in Wimblington.

Fengrain are and always have been a grain storage business, their local community have tolerated the steady growth of huge grain silos and storage sheds, in the massive increase of heavy vehicle movements, especially during harvest time, of the constant noise from large fans, squeaking conveyor belts and clanking of heavy vehicles travelling up and down minor roads not fit for purpose.

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They now want to change the whole concept of their business to incorporate a totally different type of industry, a crop fed anaerobic digester (waste crops grown instead of food crops), a large intrusive industry in a light industrial estate.

This is about nothing more than financial gain; it is not about green energy.

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If the directors of this large co-operative, that spans seven different counties, have any interest in the feelings of the local residents and the surrounding communities they should stop this constant battle against the great majority of people living here.

To put in yet another appeal with comments that I personally read as intimidating or almost threatening towards our own planning department and district council, is not commendable for any company.

Decisions have been made, refusals and dismissals have been given by a number of professional individuals so please why can’t Fengrain accept this and look to their own future in grain storage?

Lt Col (Retd) N Johnson

Eastwood End


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