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Wind farm proposals kick up a real STINC

Concern over proposed wind farms in North Cornwall has caused a STINC – literally.

A campaign group to fight the proposals has been set up and named Stop Turbines in North Cornwall.

A fighting fund has also been created, further details of which are expected to be released in the near future. Already £241 has been raised for the fund following the recent meeting in Clease Hall, Camelford.

The campaigning committee is made up of volunteers who live and work in the area. Anyone who wishes to become involved in the group can contact 01840 261571.

STINC says it wishes to make it clear that both as a group and individuals it is not opposed to renewable energy. But it is opposed to a proliferation of wind farms in the area with machines which members feel are getting “monstrously larger and more insensitively placed”.

In the meantime Sian Flynn, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall, is among those to have voiced concerns over plans to build two more wind farms in the area.

One of the planned sites could see energy company Ecotricity construct four 100-metre high turbines on land at Hendraburnick. The other site, where a planning application is yet to be submitted, will see as many as 20 turbines installed, standing more than 130m tall at their highest point, it has been claimed.

The proposals have drawn strong opposition from local residents, who fear they will have a detrimental affect upon wildlife. Many also feel North Cornwall already has an “abundance” of wind farms, and that planners should be looking for alternative ways to provide renewable energy.

Ms Flynn said: “I am extremely concerned to hear of the plans for yet another wind farm for North Cornwall.

“Clearly alternative energy sources are important. However, planners have to think very carefully about where we put intrusive developments such as wind farms, and ensure that the views and concerns of the local residents are listened to.

“North Cornwall has led the way in developing wind farms and has already contributed significantly to this source of energy.

“However, it is just one of a number of different sources of renewable energy that must be explored if we are to adequately address the threat of global warming.”

Ecotricity has said that the four turbines it wishes to build will generate enough green energy to power 9,000 homes, which is twice as much as the nearby Delabole site.

Cornish Guardian

22 August 2007