Overjoyed but second power station battle continues for Sutton Bridge great-gran

Great-gran Shirley Giles is involved in a second power station battle.
Great-gran Shirley Giles is involved in a second power station battle.
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There was joy in Sutton Bridge today (Wednesday) when the final deadline passed for an appeal over the district council’s refusal of a gasifier power station at Wingland.

EnergyPark Sutton Bridge had its application refused by South Holland’s planning committee in April.

The council had previously granted permission but did a U-turn after great-granny Shirley Giles (75) won a judicial review in the High Court and quashed that consent.

Speaking yesterday, Mrs Giles said she was “overjoyed” the deadline for the company to go to appeal over the council’s refusal had passed, but pointed out the company still had time to resubmit a planning application.

The former parish councillor is now part of a working party set up by Sutton Bridge Parish Council that’s fighting EDF’s plans for a multi-million, 1800MW combined-cyle power station on the banks of the Nene.

That fight already has the backing of a parish council in Norfolk, Walpole, and now members are seeking support from parish councils in Tydd St Mary and Tydd St Giles.

If built, EDF B would have three stacks – while the existing gas-fired power station has two – and villagers are worried about potential combined emissions from both plants and those from other industries.

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