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Wind farm objectors plead for support  

People opposed to wind farm development in north Northumberland are being urged to make their views known at a meeting tomorrow to determine three schemes.

Groups campaigning against the Moorsyde, Barmoor and Toft Hill plans are encouraging residents to attend the meeting at The Maltings, Berwick.

Berwick Borough Council planning officers say the plans for Moorsyde, south west of Berwick, and Barmoor, between Ford and Lowick, should be given the green light. But they recommend proposals for Toft Hill, south west of Grindon, be refused.

The borough council planning committee meeting is due to start at 10am.

Andrew Joicey, of Save Our Unspoilt Landscape (Soul) which is campaigning against the Barmoor proposals, said: “It is absolutely vital that as many people as possible attend this public meeting, to show the planning committee members, who are all local councillors, how strongly the local people are against these huge and inappropriate wind farm applications.

“The presence of the large majority of concerned local people will help support our councillors in making their decision on behalf of the local people, the local economy and the local landscape.”

Seven turbines are planned for Moorsyde and Toft Hill, with six at Barmoor.

Soul claims that the officers are misleading the committee regarding the scale of objections.

Moorsyde Action Group is opposing the Moorsyde plan.

A spokesman said: “We have done all we can to provide officers of the council and councillors with clear and substantiated evidence of the overwhelming costs of this scheme to our landscape, tourist economy and communities.

“All we can do now is hope is that our elected representatives will make a decision that is in the best interests of the Borough and local people.

“Their decision will affect the futures of us all. They can throw open the gates and watch speculative developers turn the ‘Secret Kingdom’ into ‘a wind farm landscape’ or they can stand fast in the defence of the borough’s glorious landscape and its fiercely loyal people. We trust that they have the vision to match our ‘far horizons’.”

Northumberland Gazette

27 March 2008

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