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Wind farm resistance continues  

An Independent candidate who stood in this month’s election is keeping up his fight to stop a contentious wind farm from being erected at the Bleak House site.

Strong opinions over whether or not Cannock should be home to a wind farm have been in the news for months. Dozens of local residents say they are opposed to the proposal, which would see three 200ft turbines erected on the vacant land. A series of high profile consultations into the matter have been held throughout the district, which showed residents and councillors alike are divided in opinion.

One man opposed to the plan, Independent candidate Colin Thompson, opposed the development as one of his campaign promises.

Now, after failing to clinch the Heath Hayes and Wimblebury seat on May 1, Colin said he is as determined as ever to halt the development – and said he has rucks of local support.

Colin, of Brisbane Way, told The Post: “As a first time candidate, I represented the growing concern among residents on the wind farm development because of several local and wildlife issues. “The results showed that there are many people out there who are very concerned with what may happen to our area and health (with the arrival of a wind farm). “I support renewable energy and believe that wind farms do have a place in creating our needed energy, but not inland…(they should be) offshore.

“On recent calculations the proposed wind farm would only reduce production at the Rugeley Power Station by 0.16percent, making it necessary for 600 other wind farms to be developed in our area to just close one power station.”


15 May 2008

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