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Group in fight to halt wind turbines  

A Campaign group has been formed to fight the construction of wind turbines in the North-east.

Concerned villagers living close to Haddo Estate, near Ellon, are worried a number of individual turbines could lead to one large “poorly-designed” windfarm.

With turbines as high as 295ft (almost 90 metres) planned across the Ythan valley, members of the Barthol Chapel Community Association have set up the new group.

Local councillor Paul Johnston was to meet tonight with the group to listen to their demands.

The planning committee on which he sits recently supported applications by a local farmer for three turbines at St John’s Wells, near Methlick.

Community council member Robert Barker, who is a Barthol Chapel resident, raised concerns that a group application for six turbines, under the name Methlick Farmers, would spoil the area.

He said: “Opposition to this project arises not because local people are against renewable energy but because it is badly designed.”

The multi-million pound plans were lodged last year in an attempt to supplement income from arable and mixed farming.

Applicant Ernie Lee, who farms at Haddo, previously said he had approached locals about the plans.

Councillor Johnston’s surgery was to be held at Barthol Chapel church hall tonight at 7.30pm.


10 April 2007

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