The great-granny who won a legal fight against South Holland District Council (SHDC) – overturning planning consent for a controversial gasifier – is now bidding for a council seat.
Shirley Giles and fellow parish councillor Vicky Hills, who carried a coffin in one protest outside the council offices in Spalding, have been adopted as official Conservative candidates for Sutton Bridge ward.
The women will battle on against a wood-burning, biomass gasifier planned for Wingland and a proposed gas-fired power station – EDF B – on the banks of the Nene and made that clear to Conservatives bosses.
If both projects get the go-ahead, Sutton Bridge will have 17 power station chimneys – including two at the existing site.
Coun Giles said: “I am continuing my fight against the biomass incinerator as well as the proposed EDF B power station with the very valuable support and help of our MP John Hayes.”
In a letter to the Tory selection panel, Coun Giles said: “My aspiration for Sutton Bridge is to see more industry that produces jobs for the residents, not power stations or gasifiers, but proper industry.
“The power station that we have only has five Sutton Bridge people working there and that includes two that work for the contract cleaners.
“More factories would be good – proper industry.
“I will work towards letting the people of Lincolnshire know that we exist at Sutton Bridge and that we’re not just a dumping ground for everybody else’s cast offs or undesirables.”
Both women fear the village could face a huge pollution risk from the combined effect of 17 chimneys and Coun Hills made that point plain in the summer when, dressed as an undertaker, she helped carry a coffin alongside protesters wearing face masks and carrying placards.
Coun Hills is determined to make life better for all in Sutton Bridge and Wingland if elected in May.
She said: “We have been treated as the poor relation for far too long, the tail end of Lincolnshire. Well, guess what, we are the gateway to Lincolnshire and it’s my intention to continue to remind them of that at every opportunity I can.”