Residents from two North Lincolnshire villages will meet next week to discuss proposals to erect wind-measuring masts on their door-steps.
Britain’s biggest operator, npower Renewables, wants to erect the 70-metre high poles on sites in South Ferriby and Saxby for a three-year period to see if a windfarm is viable.The company has applied to North Lincolnshire Council for permission to erect two temporary anemometers – devices for measuring wind speed.
Clare Wilson, the company’s development manager, said: “As a company, npower Renewables measures wind speeds at many areas across the UK. Very often nothing comes of it.
“If we do process an application, we will consult with local people to ensure they are kept informed.”
npower Renewables currently operates 19 windfarms in the UK with a generating capacity of 401 megawatts.
But the idea has met with short shrift from local businessman Trevor Mason, who said: “It would appear the majority of people who live in the Wolds villages are against the plan.
“I am surprised the idea has risen its head again after the Elsham windfarm was thrown out mostly on the grounds of aviation safety and following representations from Humberside International Airport.
“I thought e-on had already completed all the wind viability studies for siting turbines across the Wolds ridge.”
A meeting to discuss the application has been called for next Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the South Ferriby Village Hall.
7 December 2007
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