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Wind farm villagers go to war  

An action group has warned it will “go to war” in a bid to defeat plans to build a giant wind farm in East Langdon.

Anthony Hyde, 60, has formed the Langdon Action Group (Lag) to topple proposals for a wind farm off Archers Court Road.

Lag has vowed to take its fight straight to applicants Ecotricity.

Mr Hyde, a farming consultant who has lived in the village for 27 years, described the size of the five 120-metre high turbines as “monsters”.

The Solton Close resident said: “We are not against the green issue but these wind turbines are bigger than Big Ben’s clock tower.

“We are deeply concerned because they can cause illness, lower the value of our homes and spoil our beautiful countryside.

“We will go to war with them.”

The action group is also furious with the district council for only telling villagers about the proposals last month, even though the applicants had approached the council with their intentions in January.

Mr Hyde, a father of three who is married to the parish clerk, added: “It’s time for us to be treated as consultees. It seems there are no laws to protect us against the greed that is going on. We will be a thorn in the council’s flesh if it continues to ignore us.” Ecotricity has described the residents’ claims as “just scaremongering”.

Spokesman Dale Vince said: “This action group has no evidence to back up most of its claims.”

Lag has received support from the parish council which is also opposed to the wind farm.

Chairman Pam Macintyre said: “It will have a tremendous impact on a rural area. The more you look at it the more problems there appears to be.”

Report by Yamurai Zendera

icKent

3 August 2007

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