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Villagers vote against Fen wind farm  

Three quarters of villagers taking part in a parish poll said they did not want a wind farm at Marshland St James.

Just under half of the 962 registered voters in the parish voted on whether they wanted the ”possible development of wind farms on land within or surrounding the parish of Marshland St James”.

Our of 442 votes cast, 341 said no, while 101 said yes. But while protestors celebrated the result, the consortium of landowners behind plans to site 20 turbines on farmland near the village said it intended to press ahead and apply for planning permission for the development.

And parish council chairman Jack Bantoft said: “If at some time the Parish Council is asked to consider a planning application for wind turbines, the result of the parish poll is one of the factors we shall take into account.”

Feelings ran high after a test mast put up to check wind speed in the area was destroyed and a member of the consortium was found drowned in the Middle Level Drain.

EDP 24

12 October 2007

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