Battling great-granny of Sutton Bridge takes fight to Amber

BATTLING GREAT-GRANNY: Ex-parish councillor Shirley Giles of Sutton Bridge.  Photo by Tim Wilson.   SG301013-124TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120131030125454
BATTLING GREAT-GRANNY: Ex-parish councillor Shirley Giles of Sutton Bridge. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG301013-124TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120131030125454

A formidable great-granny who led the fight against a new gasifier power station in Sutton Bridge is taking her case to government.

Shirley Giles (75), who previously won a judicial review which quashed consent for plans to build a 1800MW combined-cycle power station on the banks of the River Nene, has written to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd asking for a public inquiry.

We want answers to our questions on health, the environment and human rights which have, so far, not been adequately addressed.

Shirley Giles

The so-called “David and Goliath battle” to stop a second power station being built in Sutton Bridge took a twist on Friday when the final deadline passed for developers EnergyPark Sutton Bridge to appealfter South Holland District Council’s refusal of its plans in April.

a gasifier power station at Wingland.

But Mrs Giles isn’t ready to let her guard down and in an open letter to Ms Rudd, she called for an urgent review of the case after Sutton Bridge Parish Council said it couldn’t afford another judicial review with a potential price tag of £60,000 in legal fees.

Mrs Giles said: “This is big business, with the help of the elected government, bullying and trying to bamboozle a small rural community.

“We want answers to our questions on health, the environment and human rights which have, so far, not been adequately addressed.

“Any consent would ignore the fact that this power station would be built on a Zone 3 flood plain which came within inches of being breached during the tidal surge of December 2013.”

Previously, parish council chairman John Grimwood had described the fight against the power station as “a David and Goliath situation where basically it’s like big business trying to trample on a very small village”.

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