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Plans for turbines put in doubt 

Plans to build two wind turbines next to a Shropshire reservoir have hit their first stumbling block after councillors lodged an official objection.

Chelmarsh Parish Council is opposing the installation of a 60-metre high wind monitoring mast, which would pave the way for an application for the turbines alongside Chelmarsh reservoir.

South Staffs Water has submitted proposals for the mast to monitor wind speeds at the site.

If the conditions are right the company could apply in the summer for a set of 400ft-high wind turbines.

Clerk to Chelmarsh Parish Council Elizabeth Yeomans said councillors and residents were worried about the plans.

She said councillors voted to oppose the initial stage of the pilot scheme at a meeting last night and vowed to give residents their say before an application for the turbines was submitted.

“The parish council has received comments from many concerned residents. They are worried about the visual aspect, but they are also concerned the turbines do not provide the amount of electricity that is stated, and they are not sustainable in real terms,” she added.

A public meeting will be held in the summer.

Alan Rogers, spokesman for South Staffs Water, which owns Chelmarsh reservoir, said initial surveys had been favourable.

Bridgnorth District Council will consider the proposal for the mast in the coming months.


29 March 2007

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