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New plans for 21 turbines

Plans for 21 new wind turbines near six West Cumbrian villages have been revealed.

As more than 300 people attended an exhibition in Gilcrux about plans to erect six 100-metre turbines at Hill Farm in Tallentire, villagers from Wardhall, Tallentire, Dearham, Oughterside, Prospect and Westnewton said they were worried their homes would be surrounded by wind farms.

Energy firm RES has applied to Allerdale council to erect the six turbines in Tallentire.

At Westnewton, Broadview Energy wants to erect five, 107-metre turbines and plans are in the pipeline from other companies for:

*Eight at Town Head, Dearham

*Five by the main road in Prospect

*Two at Wardhall

*One at the Manor House in Oughterside.

There are already eight wind turbines at Bothel and three at Bolton Low Houses.

Some residents have formed action groups against the wind farms which they say blight the landscape.

Val Osliff, of Prospect, is part of the Ellen Valley against turbines group.

She said: “These wind turbines which they are wanting to put up are a desecration of the landscape.

John Colhoun, of Row Brow, Dearham said: “The wind turbines are too close to central communities.

“The farmers putting the turbines on their land are making a fortune and that is okay for them, but for the rest of us it is seen as an expensive waste.”

Brian Lancaster, a Broughton parish councillor, said: “There is no statement at this exhibition that confirms how expensive these turbines are, and RES cannot answer my questions.

Meanwhile, tests are being carried out on the seabed at the £325 million Robin Rigg off-shore wind farm. Energy company E.On has erected girders in the Solway, 7.5 miles off the coast of Maryport, to check if the seabed is suitable for the 60 420 foot turbines planned for the farm.

Times & Star

14 September 2007