En­ergy Park pro­pos­als

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Planning -

The con­tro­ver­sial plans to cre­ate the en­ergy park were re­vealed last year, with the for­mal plans be­ing submitted last month. The pro­pos­als could see so­lar pan­els and wind tur­bines placed on three sites, with a to­tal area of 900 acres in the east and north east of the city. Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil of­fi­cials say the scheme could gen­er­ate an in­come of £ 110 mil­lion over 25 years us­ing en­ergy which is sold to the Na­tional Grid. Coun­cil­lor Marco Cer­este, coun­cil leader, said it is a vi­tally im­por­tant project for the city. “Our plans to gen­er­ate re­new­able en­ergy on this scale would make Peter­bor­ough one of the green­est cities in the coun­try. “Pos­si­bly more im­por­tantly for the city’s tax­pay­ers, this rev­enue is vi­tal in help­ing us pro­tect and main­tain front- line ser­vice at a time when cen­tral government fund­ing is be­ing cut sig­nif­i­cantly. Weare a low- tax­a­tion city and we want to keep it that way, but that means find­ing new ways to gen­er­ate in­come from our as­sets.” Res­i­dents have un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 to make their views heard. Asec­ond con­sul­ta­tion event will take place on Fri­day, Jan­uary 18 at New­bor­ough Vil­lage Hall be­tween 2pm and 7pm. For de­tails visit www.peter­bor­ough.gov.uk

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