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Wind monsters loom on the horizon  

A giant 270-foot wind turbine that can be detected by air traffic control radars could soon be on the Rugby skyline.

Residents in Crick are already fighting against the plans to build the one megawatt monster that will be three times the size of their church spire.

But Supermarket giant Tesco said the plans to to build the 90-metre device just outside the village at its distribution centre in DIRFT would be a eco-friendly step forward.

The plans follow separate proposals for six giant 164-metre wind turbines outside the nearby village of Watford – which have been described as the ‘biggest in Britain’.

Crick Parish Council has raised objections to the latest proposal, saying the three-bladed structure would dwarf everything in the area and blight their views.

And Coventry Airport has also objected against the plans due to problems it may have with air traffic control.

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Crick Parish Council chairman, Roger Lowe, said: “While we understand the need for renewable energy, it seems like a huge turbine for the site.

“It will spoil some of the views from the village.”

The parish council will also put forward objections on the basis that it will distract motorists on the nearby roads and motorways.

But Tesco said the turbine is a bold new step to tackle global warming.

In a report to Daventry District Council, it states: “Tesco is fully aware of its responsibilities with regard to the environment and firmly believe in sustainable growth and minimising environmental effects associated with its business activities.

“During the previous 12 months, Tesco has been faced with significant increases in energy prices, with electricty costs increasing by upwards of 50 per cent.

“These costs, and the likelihood that they will increase further over the coming years, has led Tesco to the conclusion that the development of an on-site renewable energy generation is both economically, as well as environmentally, desirable.”

The matter will be discussed by Daventry District Council at a forthcoming meeting, which is expected to take place in the next two weeks.


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