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Village urged to fight turbine plan

People living in and around Gedney Hill have been urged to write as many letters as possible opposing proposals to build a series of wind farms near their homes.

Applications to build turbines at Wryde Croft, French Drove and Nutsgrove Farm have been submitted to Peterborough City Council while Spanish firm IBERDROLA UK has sent a scoping report to South Holland District Council to find out the viability of putting up to ten turbines at Langary Gate.

Around 150 people packed into the Memorial Hall on Tuesday for a meeting organised by action group Fenland Against Rural Turbines, which has already fought off proposals for a wind farm at nearby Morris Fen.

Guest speaker Deeping St Nicholas man Julian Davis talked about his experience living near a wind farm which has resulted in his family being forced from its home because they cannot bear the noise.

Villagers also heard from David Beasley, who spoke of his eight-year fight against a wind farm near his Cumbrian hom

Action group chairman Philip Potts urged residents to write individually to parish, district and city councils plus Secretary of State for the Environment Hilary Benn and to get behind the campaign and stop the turbines being built before it is too late.

He said plans for seven 100m turbines at Nutsgrove Farm and six more at Wryde Croft could be determined by Peterborough City Council on December 11.

The meeting also heard that there are serious concerns regarding the sites because of one’s close proximity to a bat feeding and breeding ground and potential effects on Fenland Airfield.

Mr Potts said wave power should be favoured over wind because of its efficiency and added: “People can make a difference. Let us start writing immediately.”

# Anyone who wants to help the action group’s campaign or help with writing a letter can contact its headquarters on 01406 330007.

By Kate Chapman

Source: Lincolnshire Free Press

Spalding Today

3 December 2007