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Big objections to Silloth windfarm  

More than 600 people have objected to plans to build a £10 million four-turbine wind farm at Hellrigg near Silloth.

Npower applied in January for the farm at Park Head Farm, as it is also known.

A previous wind farm application was refused two years ago.

Eighty five people attended a recent meeting arranged by Holme Low parish council at the Golf Hotel, Silloth, with all but one declaring themselves against the plans.

The Silloth-on-Solway Action Committee, which formed in 2004 to fight the previous application, has reformed.

Its chairman David Montgomerie said: “It is going to ruin the look of the area and tourism is what Silloth relies on.”

Campaigner Doreen McNamee, of Skinburness, said: “Residents are concerned that these 400ft-high turbines, about 150ft above the minimum flying height of an RAF fixed wing aircraft, may be a hazard to aircraft flying over Silloth Airfield to the north of this site.

“The concern is that debris from such a collision would fall on houses in the Silloth area.”

Her husband Eddie, a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, said: “We could have a mini-Lockerbie over Silloth. I’m certain there would be an accident. It is a frightening waste of money.”

The RAF station at the airfield closed in 1960, but RAF planes fly over it as part of the UK Low Flying System.

Allerdale council has received 652 comments about the application, with only five in support.

Council planning officer Ric Outhwaite said: “Objections commonly refer to landscape, visual impact, impact on tourism and impact on wildlife.”

Npower Renewables Ltd project manager Robert Warren said: “There is an urgent need to tackle climate change and wind farms like this one have an important role to play in that fight.”

“We saw from the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the realities of climate change are now accepted by scientists worldwide and that we need to take action now.

“A wind farm at Hellrigg would power the equivalent of nearly 4,000 homes, making a valuable contribution towards that goal.”

Cumbria County Council has identified Hellrigg as a technically feasible site for a wind farm.

timesandstar.co.uk

16 March 2007

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