September 2, 2006

Turbines bid: Your voice will be heard

Hundreds of people will get the chance to voice their views on plans for two more wind turbines in East Durham.

EDF Energy, one of the county’s biggest power suppliers, wants to boost its renewable energy output by building the turbines on private land north of the new A182, between Fox Cover Industrial Estate and Cold Hesledon.

If approved, the two wind turbines proposed at Fox Cover could be up and running in 18 months, and would provide the equivalent power for nearly 3,800 homes on an annual basis.

EDF Energy, which employs 1,200 people at its customer services centre at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland, operates wind farms at High Hedley, near Tow Law, County Durham, and at Kirkheaton in Northumberland.

The firm would need planning approval from District of Easington Council to build the two turbines, but has decided to gather views from the community before submitting a planning application.

Residents of Dawdon, Parkside, and neighbouring areas in Seaham will have the opportunity to learn more about EDF’s preliminary plans at two public exhibitions to be held next week.

The first will be at Dawdon Community Centre on Monday, followed by an event at Seaham Leisure Centre on Wednesday.

Both exhibitions run from 2pm until 7pm, and people will be able to ask EDF staff questions about the development.

“The proposed Fox Cover site has been carefully selected and the consultation is a key part of our preliminary investigations for the project,” said EDF Energy’s wind development manager, Tony Scorer.

“Local opinion is very important to us and we would encourage everyone who has a question or who is interested in the project to come along.

“As well as seeking feedback from local residents, we are also carrying out full noise assessment and ecological surveys with a view to submitting a planning application before the end of the year.”

EDF’s Fox Cover development follow plans for an £8.5million wind farm at Haswell Moor, near the quarry on Durham Lane, which were announced in June.

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