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Residents form wind farm opposition group  

Campaigners opposing wind farms in the region are joining forces in an attempt to stop turbines being built near their homes.

A group called Parishes Against Wind Turbines has been set up, with members from villages in the Bishopton area, near Darlington, in response to site tests for an 11-mast wind farm.

No firm plans are in place, but Pure Renewable Energy, based in Billingham, east Cleveland, has set up wind monitoring equipment to establish the site’s feasibility as a source for alternative energy.

Opposition spokesman Peter Wood, the chairman of Bishopton Parish Council, said villagers would object to any plans to build a wind farm nearby.

He said: “The sacrifice may be worth it if the turbines are effective, but they are most definitely not effective.

“Why ruin one of the most beautiful countryside panoramas in the region, pollute the villages with noise and light flicker and interfere with wildlife when the turbines will not even meet the Government’s own wind farm targets. It is ridiculous.”

The group consists of residents of Bishopton, East and West Newbiggin, Great Stainton, Little Stainton and Sadberge.

Mr Wood said: “These plans should be nipped in the bud now. The countryside is enjoyed by everyone, not just the people who live here. Why turn it into a light industrial estate?”

Pure Renewable Energy declined to comment on the issue.

The Northern Echo

30 June 2008

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