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Former power station may reopen

A former coal-fired power station in south Derbyshire which closed 10 years ago may be brought back to life.

RWE npower is proposing to turn Willington, which originally opened in 1959, into a gas-fired power station.

The government turned down plans to build up to 1,000 homes on the site after seven years of arguments and two public inquiries.

Now RWE npower is to hold a series of meetings in the area to see whether residents favour the new proposals.

Willington parish councillor Fay Crocker welcomed the new plans.

She said: "Preferably it would have been nice if it had gone back to fields, which it was before.

"But I do accept that is probably just not going to happen.

"So in the circumstances it is a good idea. We've all got used to having a power station because it's been there such a long time.

"Also we've been told it will result in jobs, hopefully for local people."

Meetings for residents to air their views will be held at Willington Sports and Social Club and Findern Village Hall.

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