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Turbines Plan Divides Village

A Wind farm planned for Lincolnshire has divided a nearby community.

Six 80-metre high turbines are planned for Pointon Fen, close to Billingborough, near Sleaford.

Developer Iberdrola is expected to apply soon to South Holland District Council for permission to build at Neslam Fen Farm, about a mile from the village.

But plans for the turbines, which would generate enough electricity for 6,700 homes, have received a mixed reaction.

Villager Mike Crampton (65), who lives on Fen Road looking out on the proposed development, said: "Some people in the village are against it and some people say this has got to be.

"Personally I am against them.

"I think they are an eyesore on the landscape and I am worried we will be able to hear them."

Last week Iberdrola hosted an exhibition in Pointon and Billingborough giving full details of the plans.

Pupils from St Gilbert of Sempringham Primary School in Pointon visited the exhibition.

Headteacher Emma Hunt said: "It was interesting to see that year two were all in favour of it, as they are currently studying the environment, but year five and six were a lot more cynical."

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Six 80-metre high turbines are planned for Pointon Fen, close to Billingborough, near Sleaford.

Developer Iberdrola is expected to apply soon to South Holland District Council for permission to build at Neslam Fen Farm, about a mile from the village.

But plans for the turbines, which would generate enough electricity for 6,700 homes, have received a mixed reaction.

Villager Mike Crampton (65), who lives on Fen Road looking out on the proposed development, said: "Some people in the village are against it and some people say this has got to be.

"Personally I am against them.

"I think they are an eyesore on the landscape and I am worried we will be able to hear them."

Last week Iberdrola hosted an exhibition in Pointon and Billingborough giving full details of the plans.

Pupils from St Gilbert of Sempringham Primary School in Pointon visited the exhibition.

Headteacher Emma Hunt said: "It was interesting to see that year two were all in favour of it, as they are currently studying the environment, but year five and six were a lot more cynical."

Celia Paterson, vice chairman of Pointon Parish Council, said: "Around 40 people from Pointon went to the exhibition and they seemed fairly evenly divided."

Lincolnshire currently has one wind farm, at Mablethorpe. Another five have been given planning permission.

If they are all built, the county would produce 56.5 megawatts of wind energy a year. That is more than Lincolnshire's target to produce 42MWe via wind each year by 2010 - as set by the Government.

Members of Lincolnshire Opposes Onshore Turbines (Loot) say too many farms have already been granted permission.

If agreed, the farm would be built in the area represented by Lincolnshire County Council Conservative leader Martin Hill.

The council's economic development portfolio holder Coun Eddie Poll said he welcomed the development of renewable energy in Lincolnshire.

Source: http://www.thisislincolnshi...

FEB 7 2006
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