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Protest staged over biomass plant

More than 100 campaigners have staged a protest over plans for a straw burning power station in North Lincolnshire.

Protesters with placards were at the Scawby Road and Broughton crossroads in Brigg demonstrating against the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant.

The plans submitted two weeks ago would mean thousands of straw bales would be burnt each day, if approved.

The Brigg Against Biomass group leading the protest said the plant would create a "dangerous" increase in traffic.

Power station

If approved the biomass power plant will cost about £80m to build, with yearly running costs of about £6m to buy the straw.

From this it would be capable of providing about 65,000 homes with power each year.

Protesters said the location for the demonstration was chosen to highlight how Scawby Road, the site for the plant, is an accident and congestion blackspot and they want North Lincolnshire Council officials to reconsider.

Campaigner Tony Longland said: "It would become worse if hundreds of straw lorries began using to transport fuel to the power station."

Biomass, which would be produced at the site, is the burning of natural materials to make fuel or for industrial production.

Eco2, the company which has submitted the plans, was unavailable for comment.

Humberside Police said no arrests had been made.

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