[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Meridian’s wind farm process flawed: Nats  

Debate over the proposed northern Rangitikei wind farm won’t blow over quickly.

Rangitikei MP Simon Power has criticised Meridian Energy’s Central Wind project, and said the company had not listened to resident’s complaints.

Meridian plans to erect 52 turbines near Moawhango on the border between the Rangitikei and Ruapehu districts.

However, the plan has attracted opposition from some locals who claim the turbines will ruin their view of Mt Ruapehu and other scenery.

Mr Power has met with the “Rangitikei Guardians”, a lobby group formed to oppose the Central Wind project, and will meet with Meridian next month to relay their concerns.

“I’m concerned to hear that there are so many local residents who feel they haven’t been listened to by Meridian,” Mr Power said. “I was very concerned to hear the residents felt they hadn’t been understood.”

He said the process Meridian had used to inform people about the scheme was flawed.

Opponents of the scheme have criticised the company for gaining support person by person, rather than involving the entire community.

:I think a sensible way forward is to hold a public meeting rather than for [Meridian] talking person to person,” Mr Power said.

Another major concern was the planned location of the turbines.

“It might be as much about location as much as anything else but the whole range remains pretty fluid going into the meeting.”

Spokesperson Claire Shaw said Meridian was committed to talking with local residents.

They held three open days earlier this month, with more scheduled for Taihape and Moawhango in early August.

“We have been dealing with people on a one-to-one basis, as some people prefer that, and we have also provided many opportunities for people to come and learn more about the project in our recent public open days,” she said.

“The feedback was largely positive from the public open days and the personal visits.”

Meridian first contacted private property owners near the Central Wind site about two-and-a-half years ago.

Mr Power had been invited to attend the open days, but was unable. He had accepted the offer of a private briefing instead, she said.

“We remain committed to speaking to and hearing any concerns from the community and look forward to visiting the area again to attend more public open days in August.”

By Simon Wood

Wanganui Chronicle

26 July 2008

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

 Follow: