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Councillor’s rallying cry to march against energy park

    By Nicola Watson  

A MARCH and rally opposing the proposed Yorkshire Energy Park will take place on Saturday, July 20 in Hedon.

It has been organised by East Riding South West Holderness Ward Councillor and Hedon resident John Dennis.

Plans for the proposed £200 million Yorkshire Energy Park are expected to go before East Riding of Yorkshire’s Council’s Planning Committee in the coming months.

Cllr Dennis is opposed to the scheme because he claims it will use land which is green space separating Hedon and Preston South and which is not ‘allocated’ land in the Local Plan.

Demonstrators will meet at the Centrica car park at the rear of the petrol station next to Sainsbury’s on New Road, Preston South, at 10.45am and the march will begin at 11am.

It will follow a route along Hull Road and New Road to Far Bank at the end of Drapers Lane in Hedon where a rally and speeches will take place at 11.15am.

The Yorkshire Energy Park is being proposed by locally-based Sewell Group, Hessle-based communications company MS3 Networks and development company Chiltern Group, and an outline planning application was submitted in May 2017.

If it goes ahead 4,480 jobs could be created at the site on the former Hedon aerodrome. The development is expected to be phased over a 10-year period. Facilities would include a clean energy plant, education and training facilities and a data centre.

Developers say it will include 54 hectares of green space which will be protected for 150 years for wildlife with an additional 94 hectares of land on a nearby site earmarked for wintering birds to offset land used for regeneration.

But Cllr Dennis says the East Riding made a policy to avoid ‘Coalition of Communities’ and claims the energy park goes against this policy and he says 2,400 signatures are on a petition opposed to the scheme.

“There are hundreds, if not thousands of people all over the East Riding who expect to be disadvantaged by this unpopular scheme. Many already travel from far afield to get to the Saltend area and often suffer delays caused by the under-pressure road network across the City and wider region. An extra 30,000 traffic movements a day is not attractive and definitely not popular,” said Cllr Dennis. “We need the East Riding Council’s strategic planning committee members, many of whom don’t live in this area to realise the traffic, flooding and other problems the local residents already have to accept. Another 200 acres of ‘unallocated’ land added to the already massive allocation of 507 acres, is absolutely unacceptable. There is no other area that has to accept this amount of industry. We stand to lose our buffer zone separating these ancient, and wholly residential country communities from the industrial sprawl at the eastern side of Hull. We hope the publicity generated by our rally will make them more aware.”

Tim Rix, vice chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and chairman of the Green Port Growth Programme said: “It is imperative the Yorkshire Energy Park is supported and approved at planning so that this area is able to provide land and facilities to support the new, emerging industries that are keen to locate here and to employ people in our Humber area. If we cannot make new facilities available, we have all been wasting our time.”

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