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Shoppers in Pontefract added their voices to a campaign against a wind farm near Darrington.

Member of Pontefract Wind Farm Action Group (PWAG) set up a stall on Market Place in Pontefract on Saturday to drum up support in their bid to halt a proposoal by Banks Developments for a six-turbine windfarm off Westfield Lane.

The nine-hour stint attracted 625 more objections signatures for their petition and 340 letters to MP Yvette Cooper.

Tony Hames, PWAG chairman, said: “We did a stall two weeks ago too when we got 400 signatures, so together that’s more than 1,000 extra signatures.

“It was quite successful. A lot of people wanted to talk about it.

“We have mainly been campaigning around Darrington, Carleton and East Hardwick but we found people from other areas were particularly interested. I think people are concerned, having seen the test mast go up and realising that it’s only half the height of the actual windfarm.

“We just wanted to raise awareness. We want a balanced view going into the council so they can make a proper decision. It must be hard for them, being under pressure from the government who are saying that we need to get energy from somewhere renewable.

“Everyone agrees with that, but we need to choose the right place. That’s what we are saying – that this particular site has never been a good site as it’s far too close to properties.”

For details about the windfarm, including how to object, visit Pontefract Wind Farm Action Group’s website at www.pwag.co.uk or telephone 01977 620361.

Pontefract and Castleford Express

1 May 2008

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