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Three giant wind turbines scheme provokes mixed feelings  

Hundreds flocked to an exhibition staged high on the moors above Crow Edge by energy company E.ON to show details of their plans to erect three more giant turbines in the local landscape.

The three 120ft high turbines at Blackstone Edge, a bleak rocky outcrop above Penistone, would be close to the existing 13-turbine Royd Moor windfarm.

The three new turbines would generate as much electricity as the existing 13 – enough to power 3,800 homes. The exhibition comes less than a month after Barnsley councillors approved plans for three turbines on the edge of the Hepworths’ site at Crow Edge, despite 480 letters of objection and concerns raised by Dunford Parish Council.

Margaret Reid, from Crow Edge, said: “I feel if we don’t make a stance the entire landscape is going to be covered in them.

“First there were 13, now another three and there are plans for three more and they are much bigger. Who is to say that if we
don’t object there will not be hundreds of them ruining this stunning landscape.”

But Jonti Cook ,from Upper Denby, said: “The Royd Moor windfarm is an intrinsic part of the local landscape now – I actually think it looks beautiful. I look forward to seeing it when I’m driving home and three more will not really make a huge difference.

“We need renewable energy, we need to do something about global warming and lets face it, we’re not exactly short of wind around here.”

Veronica Lewis, from Penistone, said: “I believe you should get to know as many facts as possible before making a judgement and I have to say there is an awful lot of information here.

“It’s easy to have a knee jerk reaction and turbines do seem to raise strong emotions both for and against. I came here with an open mind and am leaving believing these plans will be good for the local community and for the environment.”

By Gail Robinson

sheffieldtoday.net

29 March 2007

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