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Protesters to hold public meeting on wind farm plan  

Plans for a wind farm at Sempringham Fen will be submitted for district council approval later this year.

Iberdrola Scottish Power has been conducting environmental impact assessments for two years and a spokesman for the company said it expects to complete those in the next few months.

He said plans would not be ready in “the near future” but added: “I would be surprised if it wasn’t before the end of the year.”

The firm would not confirm the scale of the project but when the plan was first revealed two years ago, six turbines were included.

Opposition to a wind farm is being mounted with the formation of Agast (Action Group Against Sempringham Turbines).

Agast member Debbie Wren said consultation had been “non-existent”, saying: “In the two years since the plans were unveiled Iberdrola has done nothing to help educate the community or to allay fears.

“The issues surrounding wind farm development are complex. How can a community hope to understand the impacts that a project of this nature will have if they do not have the facts.

“It is natural for people to be sceptical and wary. Learning the facts is key and AGAST is anxious that people understand just what is at stake.”

Agast will hold a public meeting at The Old Ship Inn at Pointon on Wednesday, March 26, where residents living near the Deeping St Nicholas wind farm will speak.

Anticipating opposition to the scheme, the power firm’s spokesman said: “We work with groups like the RSPB.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about wind turbine noise. There are guidlines we have to meet.”

“The Government has set strict targets for renewable energy and on-shore wind turbines are the most cost effective. Without these the choice is a coal-fired power station or nuclear power.”

The Bourne Local

14 March 2008

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