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MP takes chopper over turbine site

Baumber Wind Farm Action Group stepped up their campaign at the weekend inviting people to a helicopter ride over the area where eight 125 metre high turbines could be put up. Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell and Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh both gave their support to BWAG and highlighted their opposition to inland wind farms. Sir Peter said: "It is a beautiful part of the constituency and I am wholly opposed to their erection and to inland windfarms generally. The contribution that they make is minimal."

Baumber Wind Farm Action Group stepped up their campaign at the weekend inviting people to a helicopter ride over the area where eight 125 metre high turbines could be put up.

Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell and Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh both gave their support to BWAG and highlighted their opposition to inland wind farms.

Sir Peter said: "It is a beautiful part of the constituency and I am wholly opposed to their erection and to inland windfarms generally. The contribution that they make is minimal."

BWAG vice chairman Greg Roberts was the first to be taken up in the helicopter and photographed the site and he was followed by Edward Leigh.

More than 100 protesters on the ground lit flares at points where the turbines might be located.

The positions had already been marked with crosses by Norfolk-based wind energy company Enertrag, which is researching the area in preparation for a planning application.

BWAG chairman Melvin Grosvenor said: "Both MPs support our statement. We are not against renewable energy, but think that the best place for these huge turbines is offshore, where they generate seven times more power and are more able to utilise offshore winds, rather... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Baumber Wind Farm Action Group stepped up their campaign at the weekend inviting people to a helicopter ride over the area where eight 125 metre high turbines could be put up.

Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell and Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh both gave their support to BWAG and highlighted their opposition to inland wind farms.

Sir Peter said: "It is a beautiful part of the constituency and I am wholly opposed to their erection and to inland windfarms generally. The contribution that they make is minimal."

BWAG vice chairman Greg Roberts was the first to be taken up in the helicopter and photographed the site and he was followed by Edward Leigh.

More than 100 protesters on the ground lit flares at points where the turbines might be located.

The positions had already been marked with crosses by Norfolk-based wind energy company Enertrag, which is researching the area in preparation for a planning application.

BWAG chairman Melvin Grosvenor said: "Both MPs support our statement. We are not against renewable energy, but think that the best place for these huge turbines is offshore, where they generate seven times more power and are more able to utilise offshore winds, rather than the intermittent wind onshore, that is either too strong or insufficient.

"We will be relentless in highlighting the devastating impact of this inappropriate proposal so close to the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Lincolnshire, one of the very few un-spoilt areas left in the whole country."

He said: "We need as a county to value this landscape and protect it as a lasting inheritance for future generations."

Landscape artist Fraser Scarfe has been commissioned by the group to paint the site as it is now in case the wind farm proposal goes ahead and changes it forever.


Source: http://www.horncastlenews.c...

SEP 9 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17016-mp-takes-chopper-over-turbine-site
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