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Residents have pledged to fight wind turbines planned for within yards of their homes.

They have already raised a petition of more than 100 signatures against the proposals, which they fear could be just the start.

Slough Estates has applied to erect the 33-feet columns to provide electricity for external lighting at the Voyager industrial estate in Copnor.

Although only three turbines have been proposed, campaigners fear, if accepted, the plan will open the gates for many more.

They are particularly worried the turbines will be noisy.

Jane Sutherland, 39, can see the proposed site from the back of her home in Aylen Road, Copnor.

She said: ‘If they get the go-ahead to build these, then what’s stopping them building more and more?

‘My children sleep in the back bedrooms and when the windows are open in the summer all they will hear is the constant whining noise from the turbines keeping them awake.

‘Of course, I realise they offer an environmental benefit, but they should be built somewhere less populated.’

But Slough Estates development surveyor Hazel Jones said: ‘They are tiny versions and not the massive ones you would see on wind farms.
‘If we can use their energy to sustain ourselves rather than use more natural resources it must be a good thing.’


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