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Protest Storm over Turbines

Villagers concerned about the impact of seven proposed wind turbines in rural Notts turned out in force to oppose the plans.

Around 100 people took part in a debate last night over the 110m high structures planned near Bilsthorpe and Eakring.

If approved, the turbines proposed by Harworth Power and Eakring Farming, would be built at Stonish Hill and the old Bilsthorpe Colliery.

Residents voiced their concerns over the plans during the debate, organised by BBC Radio Nottingham at Bilsthorpe Village Hall.

They argued the turbines would be unsightly and better situated elsewhere, and were worried over the environmental impact.

Derek Devonport, church warden at Bilsthorpe parish church, said: "My church is going to be overshadowed. The noise could interrupt our services."

Mike Butler, 53, set up Bilsthorpe Residents Against Turbine Sites (Brats) to oppose the plans. He said: "In terms of what this village has given to the economy I think it's about time it was given a bit of a break."

Residents accused Harworth Power of not doing enough research into the impact the turbines would have on the two villages.

The firm's development director, Thomas Breheny, said the plans had been altered... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Around 100 people took part in a debate last night over the 110m high structures planned near Bilsthorpe and Eakring.

If approved, the turbines proposed by Harworth Power and Eakring Farming, would be built at Stonish Hill and the old Bilsthorpe Colliery.

Residents voiced their concerns over the plans during the debate, organised by BBC Radio Nottingham at Bilsthorpe Village Hall.

They argued the turbines would be unsightly and better situated elsewhere, and were worried over the environmental impact.

Derek Devonport, church warden at Bilsthorpe parish church, said: "My church is going to be overshadowed. The noise could interrupt our services."

Mike Butler, 53, set up Bilsthorpe Residents Against Turbine Sites (Brats) to oppose the plans. He said: "In terms of what this village has given to the economy I think it's about time it was given a bit of a break."

Residents accused Harworth Power of not doing enough research into the impact the turbines would have on the two villages.

The firm's development director, Thomas Breheny, said the plans had been altered following consultation and suggested a community fund could be set up which could compensate people in Bilsthorpe with around £1,000 for every megawatt of electricity produced.

The turbines, to the east of the A614, would generate enough energy for more than 7,800 homes. The proposals include a sub-station and a 70m high anemometer mast to monitor wind speed.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is considering the application and said it would include in a consultation the views expressed in the meeting.

A report is expected in April and the proposals will go before the planning committee in May. People have until the end of February to submit formal objections to the district council.

Sherwood MP Paddy Tipping, sitting on the panel at the debate, urged more people to make their voices heard.

Source: http://www.thisisnottingham...

FEB 10 2006
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