Chamber’s boss gets parish seat

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Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett has been elected unopposed to Sutton Bridge Parish Council.

The 62-year-old takes his seat following the shock resignation of Coun Gary Croxford, who left in protest over the council’s U-turn on funding a legal battle against planning consent for a controversial gasifier power station.

The council remains opposed to the gasifier, but its legal fight was taken up by parish councillor and great grandma Shirley Giles – who used her own cash to force South Holland’s planning committee to reconsider the planning application from EnergyPark Sutton Bridge.

Coun Scarlett opposes the gasifier – and the EDF power station that’s in the pipeline – describing them as “a blight on the village”.

He’s lived in Sutton Bridge for a couple of years and volunteers at the community-run library, but says he wants to get more involved.

Coun Scarlett said: “I have been a parish councillor elsewhere and I am basically someone who has been known to be opinionated and, rather than moan from the sidelines, I would rather actually get involved and do something positive and productive.”

He’s a former retail director of John Menzies, ran his own contemporary art gallery selling paintings in Spalding, and served as a non-executive director with Lincolnshire Health.