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Public meeting on west Norfolk windfarm  

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a meeting to discuss controversial plans for a windfarm in west Norfolk.

Residents at Marshland St James are divided over plans to site wind turbines on farmland near the village.

Last week, a 300ft mast put up to measure wind speeds in the area was vandalised and the structure fell to the ground after its support wires were cut.

Hundreds of angry villagers packed into a public meeting last month and an action group was formed as part of an anti-windfarm campaign.

Now organisers of Fenland Landscape Against Turbines (FLAT) have organised another public meeting at Tilney St Lawrence Village Hall on Friday at 7pm.

Lyndon Mason, chairman of FLAT, said: “The meeting will be an opportunity for all those who attended our last meeting at Marshland Jubilee Hall to be updated on developments and to find out how they can be actively involved in opposing the plans.

“For those who did not attend our last meeting, this will be their chance to find out what adverse impact the wind turbine ‘factory’ could have on them both personally and their local community and landscape.”

The proposed windfarm has rocked the village amid claims of threats and intimidation to the consortium behind the plans. Since this, half the members of the Marshland Wind Farm Consortium have resigned citing “personal reasons”.

Villagers believed that up to 26 turbines could be built, but last week, a spokesman said the project would now be scaled down, despite the loss of key members from the consortium.

By Nicki Walker


15 May 2007

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