'This rides roughshod over the village': Locals are at war with £2bn pandemic ... trends now
A former nurse paid £2billion by the Government for PPE gear has been accused of 'riding roughshod' over a quiet village.
Pandemic tycoon Sarah Stoute, 49, had already raised eyebrows by treating herself to a £30million Caribbean holiday villa with vast profits made from 2020 and 2021.
But now neighbours of an equestrian centre she bought for £10million are horrified by her application to erect 411 stables near thatched cottages and a medieval church – double the number put up in Greenwich for the 2012 London Olympics.
Villagers complain that the application was retrospective, with hundreds of stables already installed, fields dug out and even Tarmac-ed over in advance.
They add that show-jumping events on such a scale would wreck life in Keysoe village, Bedfordshire. Foxes, deer and bats are said to have already been scared off. Although Mrs Stoute had offered to fund a village playground as a goodwill gesture, she changed her mind after the parish council opposed her planning application. She has said this is because she didn't want