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Best seller Freddie joins village protest  

Best-selling novelist and Hertford resident Frederick Forsyth joined over 200 wind farm protesters on a march.

The planned wind farm would put turbines on 120 metres masts at High Elms Lane in the Beane Valley.

The plans have met with fierce resistance from locals and the Stop Benington Wind Farm group, who organised the four mile walk and object to the impact the turbines will have on the landscape, and the rural nature of the area.

Their concerns are shared by Day of the Jackal author Frederick Forsyth, who lives in East End Green.

He said: “If a national competition were held to find the most utterly unsuitable place for three gigantic eyesore windmills, over 400 hundred feet high, the prize would have to go to the historic village of Benington in the ancient and dreamy Beane Valley.

“For one thing, this means despoliating forever a truly magical part of medieval England; for another, the wind hardly ever blows here beyond a gentle breeze. The project is madness on stilts – literally!”

Tory MP for North East Hertfordshire, Oliver Heald, who was also on the march, said: “Many of us support wind energy, but in the right place.

“This does not mean damaging one of the prettiest valleys in Hertfordshire with three structures almost the height of the London Eye. This is a precious small-scale landscape in the most populated county.

“Hundreds including my constituents in Watton-at-Stone have contacted me to object. The message is a loud ‘No’ to this scheme.”

The walk was filmed by an ITV camera crew for a forthcoming programme on building projects within the Green Belt, and was also attended by Kevin Fitzgerald of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

He said: “The CPRE acknowledges the contribution that renewable energy can make to reducing climate change, but this should not be achieved by ruining our landscape.

Herald 24

11 October 2007

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