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Protesters hope meeting will lead to public inquiry

Protesters in Northumberland will meet tonight [Tues] as part of their bid to stop the North-East's biggest wind farm being built.

Npower renewables want to build 18 turbines - each one six times the height of the Angel of the North - in Middlemoor, off the A1, north of Alnwick, in Northumberland. The company argues wind power is essential in tackling global warming and ensuring the UK does not run out of energy supplies.

But opponents say the turbines will scar the Northumberland countryside and damage the county's tourism industry.

The scheme is too large to be considered by Alnwick District Council and has been referred to the Department of Trade and Industry.

But protesters say if Alnwick District Council objects to the plans it would force the DTI to carry out a public inquiry.

Dominic Coupe, whose family farms land near Middlemoor and who is helping to organise the meeting tonight at 6pm [Tues] in Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, said: "We want as many people as possible to attend.

"We want the council to know that the people of Alnwick and the surrounding area don't want the wind farm. We hope this will result in a public inquiry being called."
Npower renewables want to build 18 turbines - each one six times the height of the Angel of the North - in Middlemoor, off the A1, north of Alnwick, in Northumberland. The company argues wind power is essential in tackling global warming and ensuring the UK does not run out of energy supplies.

But opponents say the turbines will scar the Northumberland countryside and damage the county's tourism industry.

The scheme is too large to be considered by Alnwick District Council and has been referred to the Department of Trade and Industry.

But protesters say if Alnwick District Council objects to the plans it would force the DTI to carry out a public inquiry.

Dominic Coupe, whose family farms land near Middlemoor and who is helping to organise the meeting tonight at 6pm [Tues] in Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, said: "We want as many people as possible to attend.

"We want the council to know that the people of Alnwick and the surrounding area don't want the wind farm. We hope this will result in a public inquiry being called."

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FEB 8 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1216-protesters-hope-meeting-will-lead-to-public-inquiry
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