Village campaigners top more than £11,000 of fund raising towards high court costs of fighting anaerobic digester

Wimblington Against the Anaerobic Digester hold a stall at the March Christmas market

Wimblington Against the Anaerobic Digester hold a stall at the March Christmas market - Credit: Archant

Campaigners fighting plans for an anaerobic digester in Wimblington have now raised more than £11,000 towards the cost of challenging plans in the High Court.

Wimblington Against Anaerobic Digester’s committee members and local councillors had a stall at the March Christmas Market which added £526 to hundreds already brought in.

So far the documentation has been lodged and served to the court by the campaign’s barrister and solicitors and to the defendants, Fengrain. who must file acknowledgement of service and summary of grounds by Friday December 9.

Angela Johnson of WAAD, said: “It is these documents that the judge will read and decide whether there is a case to answer.

“Our lawyer has billed us for the work to date and that has come in at £9331.68 (inc VAT) which was slightly less than initially quoted.

“To date, with donations and fund raising events, we have raised £11,000 plus. We still have to finalise the accounts.

“A big well done to everyone who has helped getting this money together.

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“It is because of all the support from individuals, local residents and the general public that we have got this far.

“It proves that the opposition to the erection of this anaerobic digester in Wimblington is still very strong.”

Two luxury hampers, goods donated by members, local residents and Tesco, one luxury food hamper and a large, luxury drinks hamper were on the campaign stall.

“We also had a homemade Christmas cake, baked by my mum, which people had to guess the weight.

“At times the stall was crowded with customers buying raffle tickets and chatting about the cause, keeping all the volunteers busy.

“The support of the public is still behind the lovely village of Wimblington and standing by us in our fight to have this anaerobic digester stopped.

“Worth standing in the winter sun for the day, thank you to everyone.”

The next fund raising event will be in the New Year.

Angela said: “If the Judge agrees we have a good case to argue we will need to keep up the good work of raising funds to continue the fight so please keep up the support, keep donating and attending our fund raising events.”


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