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I’ll fund the fight against gasifier says angry Sutton Bridge gran

Shirley Giles by Sutton Bridge Power Station
Photo:  SG 301013-TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Shirley Giles by Sutton Bridge Power Station Photo: SG 301013-TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

A grandmother is funding her own legal battle after her parish council pulled the plug on a fight against a £165 million gasifier near Sutton Bridge.

The village parish council met behind closed doors on Thursday of last week to abandon its legal challenge to the biomass-burning power station at Wingland, after spending £2,500 on advice from lawyers.

Parish councillor Shirley Giles said lawyers advised a further £2,000 was needed to be spent to ask questions of South Holland District Council and, depending on answers given, members could then decide whether to ask for a judicial review. Mrs Giles said: “I told them I will pay for it – there’s £2,000 on the table.”

She branded the council “lily-livered” and said money spent so far has been utterly wasted.

Mrs Giles, 74, and fellow parish councillor Jenny Rowe said they were the only ones who voted to continue the fight and claim there was scaremongering at the meeting with fears raised the fight could bankrupt the council.

But they said the parish council can have a protected costs order to limit the cash spent.

Mrs Giles has booked the Constitutional Club, in New Road, Sutton Bridge, for a public meeting on the subject at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 27.

 

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