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Turbines whip up a storm in North Devon

Arguments are raging over a proposed wind farm in North Devon. Local residents think the company behind the scheme isn't supplying the necessary information about the plan. But, as John Bevir reports, the company disagrees.

Bevir: "Wind-turbines are a subject that always divide public opinion. And the proposed development here at Batsworthy Cross is no different, but locals who oppose the plan to build nine turbines think that npower renewables', the company behind the scheme, aren't playing fair."

Caroline Harvey believes a recent presentation about the project relied on figures that aren't correct.

Caroline Harvey, local resident:"We would like to take it to the Advertising Standards Authority to find out whether there is a factual basis in the information they've given us. We want an honest debate, we want correct facts. "

Mrs Harvey also claims that npower isn't sticking to industry guidelines and she's written to the company about changes to its website, which seem to suggest a policy of less public consultation. The company told me however, that this accusation, along with all the others, simply aren't true.

"npower renewables is acting in complete openness... therefore the comment of 'very underhand and deceitful' in the way we have conducted our public consultation is particularly unfair".

The argument looks set to continue long after the final application is submitted at the end of the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Bevir: "Wind-turbines are a subject that always divide public opinion.  And the proposed development here at Batsworthy Cross is no different, but locals who oppose the plan to build nine turbines think that npower renewables', the company behind the scheme, aren't playing fair."

Caroline Harvey believes a recent presentation about the project relied on figures that aren't correct.

Caroline Harvey, local resident:"We would like to take it to the Advertising Standards Authority to find out whether there is a factual basis in the information they've given us. We want an honest debate, we want correct facts. "

Mrs Harvey also claims that npower isn't sticking to industry guidelines and she's written to the company about changes to its website, which seem to suggest a policy of less public consultation. The company told me however, that this accusation, along with all the others, simply aren't true.

"npower renewables is acting in complete openness... therefore the comment of 'very underhand and deceitful' in the way we have conducted our public consultation is particularly unfair".

The argument looks set to continue long after the final application is submitted at the end of the month.


Source: http://www.itvregions.com/W...

JAN 16 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/986-turbines-whip-up-a-storm-in-north-devon
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