January 31, 2008

Public meeting called over wind farm plan

Families in Chase Terrace are being urged not to miss their chance to speak out about a controversial wind farm plan which a local councillor claims is being moved closer to their homes.

A public meeting has been called to give more information and gather reaction from local people.

“Residents are becoming increasingly concerned at the prospect of a three-turbine wind farm right on their doorstep,” claimed county Councillor Eric Drinkwater.

The proposal by Harworth Power, part of UK Coal, is on the former Bleak House opencast mine site.

“It is being listed as in the Heath Hayes area. Due to Harworth’s own consultation exercise, the plan has been scaled down from five turbines to three but has been moved much closer to Chase Terrace. In fact one of the turbines is almost on the boundary,” Cllr Drinkwater warned.

“This means that any ill-effects and visual intrusion will be felt right across Chase Terrace, particularly in the roads closest to the old Bleak House mining area.” The councillor is calling on people to volunteer to collect names to petition Cannock Chase District Council to turn down the application – and for the energy company to find a site that does not have such an impact on residential areas.

Cllr Drinkwater has arranged for the public meeting on Wednesday, February 6, starting at 8.15pm at the Scout Hut in Ironstone Road, Chase Terrace.

Lichfield Mercury

31 January 2008

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