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Scheme for wind turbines is generating a war of words

The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms. On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes. On the other side is the newly formed Swish.

The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a 4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms.

On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes.

On the other side is the newly formed Swish - Supporters of Wind in the South Hams - out to counter Shoct's opposition with their pro-wind power arguments.

And it's all over plans by Tresoc - the Totnes Renewable Energy Society - which has put together plans for a community wind farm project which would involve building the two 300ft-high turbines on a farmer's field near Luscombe Cross between Totnes and Harbertonford.

Now Swish members are looking at how to get their pro-wind power message out to Totnes through workshops and school visits.

At the same time Shoct members are planning to hold a public meeting at Harberton next month to spell out their reasons for fighting the scheme.

Tresoc managing director Ian Bright said Swish, which met for the first time at Totnes Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, would be an organisation separate from Tresoc with the aim of putting forward the case for wind... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms.

On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes.

On the other side is the newly formed Swish - Supporters of Wind in the South Hams - out to counter Shoct's opposition with their pro-wind power arguments.

And it's all over plans by Tresoc - the Totnes Renewable Energy Society - which has put together plans for a community wind farm project which would involve building the two 300ft-high turbines on a farmer's field near Luscombe Cross between Totnes and Harbertonford.

Now Swish members are looking at how to get their pro-wind power message out to Totnes through workshops and school visits.

At the same time Shoct members are planning to hold a public meeting at Harberton next month to spell out their reasons for fighting the scheme.

Tresoc managing director Ian Bright said Swish, which met for the first time at Totnes Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, would be an organisation separate from Tresoc with the aim of putting forward the case for wind power.

He said the group would be looking at putting together a programme of activities that are both 'informative' and 'fun' which could include school visits and workshops.

"We do understand that there are concerns that people have. We want to know and understand what those concerns are so that they can be properly addressed," he said.

Meanwhile Shoct spokesman Ian Phillips - who attended the Swish meeting to find out what it was 'all about' said his group's aim was to 'generate local support from people potentially affected by the turbines in the immediate locality'.

Tresoc has teamed up with Dorset-based wind farm specialists to produce the £4million proposals for the turbines which they say will generate enough electricity to power 2,500 homes in Totnes.

The group have begun selling shares in the community project which can only be bought by people living in Totnes or the surrounding parishes or have an interest of some kind in the area.

Shoct was set up by residents from the Harbertonford area including many living at Dundridge House near Harberton - one of the nearest properties to the isolated Luscombe Cross site.


Source: http://www.thisisdevon.co.u...

JUN 24 2011
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