Residents of Brassington and Carsington, the two parishes closest to the proposed wind farm site in Carsington Pastures, were given the opportunity last week to see the proposed plans in detail at public exhibitions.
Several representatives from applicants West Coast Energy were on hand throughout the day and say they were delighted with the turnout.
Neil Exton, for West Coast Energy, said: “We were very pleased with the public attendance, this is one of the busiest public exhibitions we’ve ever held.
“A lot of people turned out to ask us very pertinent questions about the plans and see our exhibits and we would hope we’ve managed to put people’s minds at ease a bit and allay their fears.
“We’ve not finished analysing our official feedback forms yet, but I believe early opinion polls seem to suggest the majority in Brassington were in favour, but there was a slim majority in Carsington against it.”
But chairman of the Brassington Parish Council, Brian Flinders, explained that public feeling at Monday’s Parish Council meeting seemed to sway very heavily against the plans.
He said: “Around 30 members of the public turned up to listen to the meeting, so it’s obvious the people of Brassington are very concerned.
“We realise there isn’t much time, so we are wanting to act quickly and team up with other councils round the area to put forward an opposition.
“Saving energy is very important, but wind power is inefficient and a lot of residents are worried about the noise.”
It was a similar story at a meeting held in Carsington where the suitability of the site was questioned because of the number of old mines at Carsington Pastures.
Adam Summerhayes, a professional violinist, was at the meeting. He said: “A lot of people were there, and there seemed to be some rather mixed feelings.
“There were a lot of discussions on noise levels and, on the whole, people were not satisfied that they were far enough away not to be affected.”
But Adam can it be any worse than listening to your violin?
The debate goes on.
By Chris Sabian, Peak District View
13 March 2007
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