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Take your wind farms elsewhere

RESIDENTS came out in force this week to object to plans to build the North East's most powerful wind farm near North Charlton. Most of the 180 people who packed into the Northumberland Hall on Tuesday night voted to oppose npower renewables' 18-turbine plan for Middlemoor.

And people called on Alnwick District Council to reject the application which would force the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to hold a public inquiry.

A handful of pro-wind farm campaigners were at the meeting, including Charles Armstrong, on whose land the 125-metre high turbines would be built if given the go-ahead.

One of the meeting organisers Dominic Coupe said afterwards: "I am delighted with the turnout and it just goes to show the strength of feeling there is against this in this community.

"If people really care about the Northumbrian landscape now is the time to make your voice heard by writing to the DTI and letting them know why you object to the destruction of our beautiful landscape."

The deadline for comments is Monday.

Lalage Bosanquet, headteacher at Rock Hall School, said: "I am a passionate admirer of our Northumbrian scenery but I would like to ask the Government, why aren't we allowed a supermarket?

"Why aren't we allowed to have our A1 dualled? Why do we have 1,000 pupils in the high school working in slum conditions but there is not the money to re-build it?

"So why do we have to have all the turbines to satisfy their targets because as far as I... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

And people called on Alnwick District Council to reject the application which would force the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to hold a public inquiry.

A handful of pro-wind farm campaigners were at the meeting, including Charles Armstrong, on whose land the 125-metre high turbines would be built if given the go-ahead.

One of the meeting organisers Dominic Coupe said afterwards: "I am delighted with the turnout and it just goes to show the strength of feeling there is against this in this community.

"If people really care about the Northumbrian landscape now is the time to make your voice heard by writing to the DTI and letting them know why you object to the destruction of our beautiful landscape."

The deadline for comments is Monday.

Lalage Bosanquet, headteacher at Rock Hall School, said: "I am a passionate admirer of our Northumbrian scenery but I would like to ask the Government, why aren't we allowed a supermarket?

"Why aren't we allowed to have our A1 dualled? Why do we have 1,000 pupils in the high school working in slum conditions but there is not the money to re-build it?

"So why do we have to have all the turbines to satisfy their targets because as far as I can see, that's all we are doing."

But John Barber, of Brackenside, between Lowick and Ford, said the plan was necessary to help fight global warming.

Afterwards he said: "People will still come to the Alnwick Garden and still come to Holy Island if they are built."

Landowner Mr Armstrong told the Gazette outside the hall: "If it goes ahead there will be far more benefits to the whole area than there have ever been talked about to date.

"It's going to be a lot better than a nuclear power station at Bamburgh."

Clare Wilson, npower renewables regional development manager, said they had worked with the community to develop the proposals and held public exhibitions.

She said: "We were pleased to receive a significant amount of local support at last night's meeting – many people came forward to tell us how much they were in favour of wind energy generally, and specifically the Middlemoor proposal."


Source: http://www.northumberlandto...

FEB 12 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/1292-take-your-wind-farms-elsewhere
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