Residents opposing plans to erect three giant wind turbines on the moors above Penistone are using technology to boost their battle plans.
Villagers have created a CD to show in “graphic detail” what they claim will be an unbearable blot on their landscape should the plans go ahead.
Villagers who do not want three 100-metre high turbines on land at Crow Edge, formed an action group called Clowt – Crow Edge Locals Opposing Wind Turbines.
They have submitted more than 300 individual letters of objection to planners and have compiled an official objection document and created the CD containing a computer-generated view of the adverse effects they claim the turbines will have on the landscape and their lives.
Alan Pestell, chairman of Dunford Bridge Parish Council and a vociferous campaigner against windfarms, told The Star: “We have adopted a very high-tech business-like approach to our opposition.
“We are not merely arguing from an emotional point of view, but have adopted a hard-edged business-like approach and are using the latest in modern technology to hopefully convince the planning board that a wind farm is totally unsuitable.
“Instead of asking people to try to imagine what the windfarm will look like and how it will impact on lives and the local countryside – we intend to show them.”
Residents are being urged to attend a meeting on Monday at the Dog and Partridge on Bord Hill at 7.30pm.
Banks Developments, which operates the landfill site near Hepworth Building Products at Crow Edge, says the three turbines would generate enough electricity to power 4,000 homes.
Members of Barnsley Council’s planning regulatory board are due to visit the site on March 6 and a decision is expected shortly afterwards.
By Gail Robinson
16 February 2007
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