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Fight could cost woman her house

Lilian Pallikaropoulis
Lilian Pallikaropoulis said she had been forced to remortgage her home

A campaigner fears she could lose her home after she failed in a court case to limit operations at a Warwickshire cement works.

Lilian Pallikaropoulis was ordered by the House of Lords to pay 100,000 to the Environment Agency after taking it to court.

She challenged its decision to allow the Cemex factory, known locally as Rugby Cement, to burn tyres for fuel.

Mrs Pallikaropoulis said she believed people's health would be affected.

Last year, following trials, the Environment Agency gave the go ahead for the plant to burn the rubber tyres along with running its other operations.

However, Mrs Pallikaropoulis failed in a judicial review to get the decision overturned.

Remortgage house

She has already paid 70,000 of her own legal costs bringing the case to court and will now have to pay an additional 100,000 in costs paid by the Environment Agency.

She said she would have to remortgage her house in order to pay the costs, which could lead her to lose her home.

However, she vowed to continue fighting to get the factory shut down.

The Environment Agency said in a statement that the House of Lords ruling showed that the agency's decision to issue Cemex with a permit to burn the tyres was correct.

It added that the impact on human health was taken into account when it made the decision.

A spokesperson for Cemex said that using tyre-burning to produce power for the plant had led to it generating fewer emissions.


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