Peterborough cabinet told to apologise for energy parks

Peterborough City Council owned land which was earmarked for a energy park

Peterborough City Council owned land which was earmarked for a energy park

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The ruling Conservative Party at Peterborough City Council was asked to apologise for the wasted £3 million energy parks scheme which was scrapped for good last month.

The controversial plan to place wind turbines and solar panels across 900-acres of council farmland ended after the council cabinet pulled the plug on the final part of the project at America Farm.But the cabinet was told to say sorry for the money lost on the project which was championed by former leader Marco Cereste.

Speaking at Full Council last Thursday, Conservative Councillor David Sanders said: “We would have been £3 million better off in the budget if we had not taken on this folly.

“I told you so and [MP]Stewart Jackson told you so. The question is, why did you do it and when are you going to apologise?”

Labour and Co-Operative Cllr Ed Murphy also demanded an apology.

Council leader Cllr John Holdich said it was thought that the parks could have brought in £7 million a year, adding: “The former leader did apologise for not handling it better.”

Liberal Democrat Cllr Asif Shaheed asked about councillors having powers to issue on-the-spot fines to litterers, but was told it was not possible.