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Protest group plans balloon demo against turbine plan

Protesters will mark out the height of a controversial wind turbine planned for the Eden Project with a large multi-coloured balloon this weekend.

The blue and white striped sphere, which is 12ft in diameter, will be hoisted between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, January 10 at 127 metres, the height of the proposed turbine.

Newly formed action group NEWT - No to Eden Wind Turbine - will be launching the balloon to give people another chance to see the height of the turbine which could stand on the site.

Terry Corby said: "It is important to put up another balloon because many more people are more aware now about the issue than they were a month ago, and I come across a lot of people who don't know about it at all.

"Weather permitting we will be putting the balloon up on a site near to the Eden Project at a height of 127 metres.

"It is blue and white striped so whether it is a blue sky or cloudy it will still be seen; last time Eden put up a white balloon and it was a cloudy day. This one is also a lot bigger."

The Eden Project hopes to build the turbine to meet the site's annual 500,000 energy need with green energy.

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Protesters will mark out the height of a controversial wind turbine planned for the Eden Project with a large multi-coloured balloon this weekend.

The blue and white striped sphere, which is 12ft in diameter, will be hoisted between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, January 10 at 127 metres, the height of the proposed turbine.

Newly formed action group NEWT - No to Eden Wind Turbine - will be launching the balloon to give people another chance to see the height of the turbine which could stand on the site.

Terry Corby said: "It is important to put up another balloon because many more people are more aware now about the issue than they were a month ago, and I come across a lot of people who don't know about it at all.

"Weather permitting we will be putting the balloon up on a site near to the Eden Project at a height of 127 metres.

"It is blue and white striped so whether it is a blue sky or cloudy it will still be seen; last time Eden put up a white balloon and it was a cloudy day. This one is also a lot bigger."

The Eden Project hopes to build the turbine to meet the site's annual £500,000 energy need with green energy.

Protestors hope launching another balloon will highlight to more people the impact they say the turbine could have on St Austell and the surrounding area.

When the Eden Project launched its balloon at the end of November protestors created simulated images of the turbine from photographs taken around the St Austell area.

They believe the turbine will be seen for miles and even overshadow St Austell.

Mr Corby said: "One thing we have found is a lot of people think the turbine will be the same size as the ones at Carland Cross.

"In fact at a height of 49 metres they will only be the length of one of the blades (45 metres) of the proposed turbine at the Eden Project."

This simulated image of Eden's proposed wind turbine also shows the height of the Carland Cross wind turbines in comparison, to highlight the difference in height between the two turbines.

The newly-formed NEWT protest group, which boasts more than 50 members, has brought together local residents and groups who object to Eden's plans.

They hope to battle against the plans to build a 127-metre turbine until Monday, January 29 when Restormel Borough Council is due to make a decision.

NEWT Chairman Malcolm Roberts said: "NEWT is about protecting the local landscape and environment from the mechanical monsters Tim Smit is keen to introduce to mid-Cornwall.

"There is no doubt that should his application be approved they will breed and infect the Clay Country at a rate faster than ragwort.

"Why should these residents have their every-day lives blighted by Tim Smit's ego to be the saviour of mankind?

"So we request Tim Smit to listen to his neighbours; remember that charity starts at home and not to inflict this giant, moving, whirring, flickering monster on the local community and landscape."

Eden did not wish to comment on the demonstration.


Source: http://www.thisiscornwall.c...

JAN 6 2009
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