Protesters vow to keep up their fight

Shirley Giles with the "Don't Dump on Sutton Bridge" car stickers and posters. ANL-140924-162100001
Shirley Giles with the "Don't Dump on Sutton Bridge" car stickers and posters. ANL-140924-162100001
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Protesters fighting plans for two massive power stations are handing out car stickers and posters with the message: “DON’T DUMP ON SUTTON BRIDGE.”

The Wash and Sutton Bridge Protection Group will also give an information leaflet to people in Spalding, Wisbech and King’s Lynn spelling out the facts, as it sees them, about a power plant that will burn 420,000 tonnes of virgin and waste wood a year to generate electricity.

South Holland District Council passed EnergyPark Sutton Bridge plans for that £300million plant last year, but its decision was ruled unlawful when village hero Shirley Giles (74) went to the High Court.

Amended plans are with the council but no date is set for a planning committee verdict.

Protester Jenny Rowe said: “I believe that South Holland District Council are going quiet on it deliberately because they think we are going to go away. We are not going to go away and we will go on fighting.”

Official reports say burning wood is dirtier than coal, the Forestry Commission says there is not enough wood in this country to fuel UK demand for biomass – and Britain’s biggest coal-fired power station, Drax, was this week accused of triggering environmental damage over its plans to convert half of its boilers to burn wood. Drax will ship wood pellets across the Atlantic and environmentalists say US forests will be damaged.

• Mrs Giles is pressing ahead with an official complaint to the council over its handling of the gasifier. She received a council apology about a letter it sent to her without postage and a “compensation” offer to pay £1.53 in stamps, but the great-granny is “keeping the envelope for the Ombudsman” as she’s complained to the council watchdog.