Sutton Bridge campaigner to seek district council seat

Power station protesters Vicky Giles (left) and Shirley Giles are seeking election to the district council.
Power station protesters Vicky Giles (left) and Shirley Giles are seeking election to the district council.
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A great-grandmother who won a legal fight to overturn planning consent for a controversial gasifier is now bidding for a seat on the district council she defeated in court.

Shirley Giles and fellow parish councillor Vicky Hills, who carried a coffin in one protest outside South Holland District Council’s headquarters, have now been adopted as official Conservative candidates for the Sutton Bridge ward.

The women say they will battle on against a wood-burning, biomass gasifier planned for Wingland and a proposed gas-fired power station on the banks of the River Nene and have made that clear to Conservative bosses.

If both projects get the go-ahead, Sutton Bridge will have 17 power station chimneys – including two at the existing site.

In a letter to the selection panel, Mrs 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.

“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.”

Mrs Hills said she was determined to make life better for all in Sutton Bridge and Wingland if elected in May

She added: “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.”