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Ill wind blows for new turbines plan  

Proposals to erect wind turbines may receive a mixed reaction from village residents.

R.H. Bott & Sons is currently looking at developing a wind farm, which would house three turbines, on land north of the A602, south east of Aston and south west of Benington.

Its studies show that the site is viable, but before putting in an application it wants to gauge public opinion.

An exhibition is being held at Benington Village Hall on July 7 between 11am and 4pm.

Displays will include a montage of how it will look, an environmental impact assessment and a noise report.

Farmer Adrian Bott said: “The planners are very keen that people are aware of it and are consulted to get their views on the scheme.”

He added: “I think some people will be against it and a lot of people will be for it too.”

But parish councillor and acting clerk Arthur Robinson feels some residents will not want the application to be put forward.

He said: “We haven’t had a parish council meeting yet.”

But he added: “I think the majority of the village are against it, and also those in the surrounding villages.”

Three wind turbines generate enough electricity to supply about 3,000 homes, which is 5.8 per cent of domestic demand in East Herts.

Mr Bott said: “This will be a small but significant step in tackling climate change.

“It will go some way towards reaching the renewable energy targets set for 2010 and beyond, and help fill the UK’s looming energy supply gap.”

The Comet

28 June 2007

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