Around 100 people turned out when a windfarm public inquiry moved to the Isle of Axholme for the evening.
The inquiry into two proposed windfarms in the region moved from its venue in Goole to Seven Lakes Country Park, Ealand. More than 20 residents made representations to the inquiry inspector, each time cheered and clapped by members of public.
Owners of homes and businesses close to the proposed 34 turbine site between Keadby and Crowle highlighted issues of water levels, noise pollution, visual impact, devaluing of property and concerns about increased volume of traffic during construction.
Richard Nixon, of North Axholme Against Windfarms (NAAWF), opened the proceedings, citing the sheer size of the proposed turbines as problematic to drivers on the A18.
He claimed the road was already particularly hazardous. The distraction and draw of the ‘massive’ structures would add to the problems, he said.
Tony Kassner, a Bonnyhale Road resident, explained how he had objected to the proposals on six grounds – visual impact, noise pollution, electronic interference, increased traffic, light flicker and reduction in property value.
A request was made by Renewable Energy Systems’ (RES) QC, Andrew Newcombe, for the gathered crowd to cease applauding the speakers.
However, inquiry inspector Keith Smith disagreed with him and said he believed it to be part of the proceedings, so long as control was maintained.
Many questions were levelled at the representatives for RES.
In response to ensuing criticism for not answering, Mr Newcombe said: “I thank all the speakers for their input but do not wish to go over ground which has already been presented to the inspector.”
Mr Smith also explained why the venue was swapped for an evening, and why there was no responsibility to ask questions of those making representations.
He said: “It is not a question-and-answer session but is for me to gauge the opinion of local residents.”
1 February 2007
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