Villagers have formed an action group to fight a proposed wind farm near their homes on the outskirts of Stockton.
At a meeting in Bishopton village hall they pledged to fight the plans by Pure Renewable Energy to protect the countryside and the wildlife.
Early site tests are being carried out on the scheme to build 11 turbines, 100 metres high, on farm land outside Bishopton, West Newbiggin, Gilly Flatts and Little Stainton.
Although the Bishopton group is not opposed to wind farms in principle, they say the scheme will ruin some of the most beautiful panoramic views in the region.
Paul Frost, former Gazette journalist, and BBC and Tyne Tees TV presenter, is among the villagers planning to fight the proposal.
He said: “One of the reasons I bought my house was for the view.
“It really is spectacular. The last thing I want is a huge wind farm out there. These things are five times the height of the Angel of the North.
“One of them is within spitting distance of an ancient monument, the Mott and Bailey Castle at the end of the village. It’s an important historical site which could be overshadowed by a huge turbine.”
Early site tests are currently being carried out and no planning application has been submitted. The company says it proposes to carry out full public consultation over the plans.
31 March 2008
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