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Council pledges to oppose wind turbines  

Bodmin Town Council will vehemently oppose any move to erect six giant wind turbines in the Trebell Green area.

Councillors have voted to object to plans for the wind farm, even though an application has yet to be submitted to North Cornwall District Council.

The town council claims if they are built, the 330ft turbines will have a significant visual impact on the western and southern areas of Bodmin, and will dominate the Beacon local nature reserve.

The decision is a boost to a local campaign group which has vowed to fight any proposals by renewable energy company Ecotricity to erect the wind farm on land between Trebell Green and Resperry Cross.

The company revealed last month that preliminary work in assessing the potential of the site had been carried out, and it was consulting with interested parties.

Now, residents in the area have officially named their campaign group BLOT (Bodmin and Lanlivery Opposes Turbines), and a steering committee has been formed.

Co-ordinator Helen Watson said residents were grateful for Bodmin Town Council’s decision to oppose the wind farm.

“It’s really good news that the town council is supporting us.

“Soon we hope to have a website up and running and at the moment we are putting together an action plan to oppose the turbines,” said Mrs Watson.

Bodmin councillor Lance Kennedy said he has attended a meeting of the campaign group and was impressed by their determination to stop the wind farm being built.

“The site in question will be visible from Bodmin Hospital and as far as Rough Tor and will dominate the Beacon nature reserve,” he said.

“Irrespective of the merits or deficiencies of wind turbines and the emotive comments they produce, this development would totally dominate the landscape over a huge area, including the Beacon monument, which is the iconic symbol of Bodmin.

“These turbines will be the biggest wind turbines in the county.

“Bodmin Town Council previously objected successfully to the erection of overhead power cables in the same area, and as a result the cables were buried underground to protect the landscape.”


21 November 2007

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