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Group plan to STOP turbines

Wednesday, June 6: 9.30am – STOP ““ and meet the Sibsey Turbine Onshore Protest group.

Formed to oppose plans for the Needham wind farm, the group will fight to keep Sibsey sail-free.

Arthur Doughty, STOP’s media and research officer, said: “The group is a nucleus to represent the village.

“One of our concerns is the low-frequency noise wind turbines generate, and the developers do not fully understand the noise effects that can be created.

“The developers cannot put their hands on their hearts and say no-one will suffer any adverse noise effects because they don’t know.”

Plans for the Needham wind farm, situated just north of Sibsey, include the construction of 10 turbines, each 120m high to the blade tip.

According to Mr Doughty, there will soon be more than 100 wind farms throughout the UK.

He said: “At the present time there are 54 operational onshore wind farms in England ““ and a further 54 sites have been approved.

“On top of this, 107 proposals are awaiting a decision… but these figures do not include sites such as Sibsey, where the proposal is at an early stage.

“If all these come to fruition what future is there for our green and pleasant land?”

The group’s immediate plan is to undertake a survey of all the residents for their opinion.

There are currently around 25 members meeting fortnightly. If you would like more information on STOP ring 01205 750144.

The STOP policy statement

“STOP has been formed to oppose the projected construction of a wind farm within the near vicinity of the village of Sibsey.
This group takes the view that the construction of such a wind farm would be detrimental to the environment of the whole of the East Fen and of its residents.

It further asserts that onshore wind farms are undesirable wherever they are constructed closer to a dwelling than the DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) recommended guidelines of 1.5 miles in undulating land and three miles in flat land.”

By Hannah Bence

Boston Standard

6 June 2007