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Villagers get the wind-up over turbines  

Plans to site wind turbines on the edge of Times Territory have sparked a stark warning.

Campaigners claim that if the proposal is agreed it could spark a wave of applications around the county.

Landowners R H Bott & Sons want to erect three 120-metre high (400 feet) turbines on high open land between Watton-at-Stone and Benington.

The firm is expected to apply for planning permission next month.

Protestors say the turbines will be visible from 10 miles away.

They claim the landowners stand to make well over half a million pounds a year from the turbines.

Residents from surrounding villagers have started a protest group and their campaign has featured on national TV.

Lindy Crofton, spokeswoman for the group, said: ‘There is already a proposal in place for Weston and we believe that there are other sites, waiting on the outcome of the Benington scheme.

“If other sites follow, the landscape of Hertfordshire will be dominated by these industrial installations.

“We recognise the need for alternative means of generating electricity, but the low wind speed in Hertfordshire makes it the least appropriate site for wind turbines and we believe that Government subsidies should be spent on offshore sites close to big cities where the generation and transmission of energy will be most efficient.”

For more information visit www.stopbeningtonwindfarm.co.uk

‘Helping the environment’

Farmer Andrew Bott, 43, whose family has owned the farmland for more than 100 years, says he first realised he could help the environment through wind power after watching the Al Gore film An Inconvenient Truth.

Mr Bott said: “We were quite affected by the film. Mates who live nearby had inquired about wind farms and showed me some information. We looked into it and found we had a good site for them.”

The site has had to be surveyed by ecologists and have environmental impact assessments carried out.

Mr Bott, who lives in Benington, said: “The main thing people talk about is the noise.

“If you exceed the recognised levels you have to switch the turbines off. If they are not working then they have to come down.

The Welwyn & Hatfield Times

29 August 2007

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