Villagers have been stirred into action against the latest plans for a wind farm in west Cumbria.
Wind power firm Novera Energy Ltd wants to build up to eight turbines – each measuring 105 metres to the blade tip – on land at Townhead, situated between Dearham, Dovenby and Tallentire.
More than 60 residents, concerned about the visual impact the development could have on the surrounding countryside as well as possible effects on their health, attended a public meeting in Dearham to discuss the issue.
They listened to presentations by wind turbine expert Mike Hall, who said wind farms did not produce enough electricity or reduce enough carbon emissions to be worthwhile, and David Brierley, who spoke of the negative impact a windfarm had had on his south Cumbrian community.
Mr Hall warned those present that they were “under siege” from the wind energy industry.
Mr Brierley spoke of companies making a “lunatic dash” for wind farms which was creating more “victims” like his community where people are complaining of headaches and dizziness due to sleep deprivation and anxiety from the noise they make.
Both men advised the villagers attending the meeting to fight the proposed wind farm before the planning application has even been lodged, through a targeted campaign uniting with other local protest groups and lobbying Allerdale councillors.
Novera Energy is expected to submit a planning application for its Townhead wind farm proposal in November.
20 September 2007
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