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Turbine objectors' fears for wildlife

Anti-windfarm campaigners say that installing turbines at Todd Hill could have a devastating impact on wildlife and tourism. Members of the Put People First (PPF) group have highlighted concerns for birds, bats and other animals if a Novera Energy application for four turbines near Pigdon is approved. They say the area is host to a wide range of species.

Anti-windfarm campaigners say that installing turbines at Todd Hill could have a devastating impact on wildlife and tourism.

Members of the Put People First (PPF) group have highlighted concerns for birds, bats and other animals if a Novera Energy application for four turbines near Pigdon is approved.

They say the area is host to a wide range of species, including the barn owl, while Stanton Fence residents David and Angela Kelly have won conservation awards for a re-planted wood.

Stanton Hall Nursery owner Chris Dentice said: "Novera has carried out a brief environmental impact survey at the proposed site, but it doesn't go into any great depth.

"I have lived and worked at Stanton for more than 50 years and have observed that this valley is a flight path for swans and geese passing from Fontburn Reservoir towards Queen Elizabeth Park, Ashington.

"There are also geese landing on the ponds of farms.

"We have serious concerns about the safety of the birds, which fly both day and night, and fear that if the turbines are given the go-ahead we will no longer see them migrating across this beautiful countryside."

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Anti-windfarm campaigners say that installing turbines at Todd Hill could have a devastating impact on wildlife and tourism.

Members of the Put People First (PPF) group have highlighted concerns for birds, bats and other animals if a Novera Energy application for four turbines near Pigdon is approved.

They say the area is host to a wide range of species, including the barn owl, while Stanton Fence residents David and Angela Kelly have won conservation awards for a re-planted wood.

Stanton Hall Nursery owner Chris Dentice said: "Novera has carried out a brief environmental impact survey at the proposed site, but it doesn't go into any great depth.

"I have lived and worked at Stanton for more than 50 years and have observed that this valley is a flight path for swans and geese passing from Fontburn Reservoir towards Queen Elizabeth Park, Ashington.

"There are also geese landing on the ponds of farms.

"We have serious concerns about the safety of the birds, which fly both day and night, and fear that if the turbines are given the go-ahead we will no longer see them migrating across this beautiful countryside."

There are also concerns that trees and hedges could be removed and roads widened to access the turbines.

And resident Alun Moore is worried that the scheme will ruin his self-catering business, Beacon Hill.

He said: "Northumberland Tourism's aim is to establish Northumberland as England's premier rural tourism destination.

"It is imperative that we support this aim.

"Visitors will be put off if they see these massive industrial structures from as far away as south of the Tyne, which dominate the skyline as they approach Morpeth.

"Instead of looking down on to a beautiful valley with Morpeth close by, my guests will look up to the top of industrial installations, which at 101m will be higher than the hill we sit upon."

However, Novera Project Director Stephen Hannay said both issues had been researched and there should not be any problems.

"As a potential neighbour of this excellent local business we appreciate the concerns felt by Mr Moore, however this is a relatively small, compact windfarm, located some 2km away from his business," he said.

"Although it is possible to see the farm from some parts of his grounds, an independent survey confirms that there will be no direct views from the properties at Beacon Hill due to the screening effect of surrounding woodland."

He added: "Experienced surveyors undertook bird and bat surveys for the Todd Hill windfarm in accordance with SNH and Natural England guidance.

"Their findings have satisfied the RSPB, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Natural England and those organisations have raised no objections to the proposed development.

"Novera Energy is also committed to the implementation of a habitat management and enhancement plan, which should prove to be of positive benefit to wildlife in the area."

The application will be considered by Northumberland County Council at a later date.


Source: http://www.morpethherald.co...

NOV 21 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/23231-turbine-objectors-fears-for-wildlife
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