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Protesters suggest biomass compromise

In a bid to stop energy company Eco2 constructing an unwanted biomass plant in their neighbourhood in North Lincolnshire, UK, protesters have suggested an alternative site.
If the biomass plant is given the go-ahead it will create enough biomass to power 65,000 homes but at a cost of spoiling the area of Scawby Brook.
In a compromise campaigners suggested that the firm explores the former Killingholme Airfield site.
Protester and resident Andrew Bourne has outlined the viability of the proposals in a letter to North Lincolnshire Council planning officers for them to consider prior to their visit to the Scawby Brook site before 7 April.
Bourne said: ‘The Killingholme Airfield site has a significant lower risk of flooding. The Eco2 plant will be burning woodchip and the source of this is highly likely to be imported material by boat. Therefore the application would fit in the context of the development.’
Bourne believes that a final decision on where the biomass facility will be constructed should be put on hold until all options have been considered.
A spokesperson for Eco2 North Lincolnshire said: ‘Our aim is always to develop biomass plants that benefit the local agricultural sector by using entirely local feedstock. We will not be importing any fuel, which is why we are not an appropriate development for an estuary site such as North Killingholme Airfield.’