Campaigning Shirley says farewell to Sutton Bridge

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Power stations campaigner Shirley Giles left Sutton Bridge on Saturday but vowed to fight on from her new home in Hampshire.

The mum of six moved to be closer to her family, including 12 grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Shirley is celebrated in the village for helping to stop a gasfier power station being built on land at Wingland and became a member of a working party set up by the parish council to try to prevent EDF B, an 1800MW gas-fired power station, being built on the Nene riverbank.

One job on her “to do” list in Hampshire is to write to Prime Minister David Cameron, asking him for a second time to back a re-think on EDF B.

South Holland District Council originally gave consent for the gasifier, but Shirley used her own cash to overturn that decision in the High Court and the council finally refused the plan earlier this year.

At that time, MP John Hayes said: “The people of Sutton Bridge – and I think all of the residents of South Holland – owe Shirley an immense debt of gratitude.”

As she left, Shirley said: “I want to thank everyone for their support over the gasifier and to let them know we’re doing our best over EDF B.”

Shirley lived in the village for 20 years and volunteered on groups including The Friends of Sutton Bridge Open Spaces, the volunteer library, the foodbank and served on the parish council.

Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “She has worked tirelessly for the village.”

Former councillor Jenny Rowe described Shirley as “a little dynamo”.