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Villagers fear homes could be sandwiched by turbines  

Credit:  Northampton Chronicle and Echo, www.northamptonchron.co.uk 13 August 2010 ~~

Angry villagers are fearing the worst after discovering their homes could be sandwiched between two wind farms.

Plans to build seven 125-metre high turbines behind Watford Gap services, just 400 metres from people’s homes, have been drawn up by energy company Gamesa. This is alongside plans by German firm Volkswind to put up five 125-metre high masts at Watford Lodge.

Residents living in Watford have now raised concerns about the proposals.

Sara Bax, who lives at Station Road, said: “We feel like we have been sandwiched in by both of these developments.

“There are a lot of concerns about the noise, the health implications and the impact on the environment of these turbines.

“I’m even more concerned that because of the one at Yelvertoft going ahead, all of the others will get planning permission.”

The plans by Gamesa are similar to a scheme it put forward for four 165-metre high turbines at Watford Gap four years ago.

John Mockett, who lives in Kilsby Road, said: “It has been absolutely awful. We thought we had been successful in fighting off Gamesa last time and now we have got to fight them all over again as well as the other one.”

Another villager, who asked to remain anonymous, added: “I will be able to see these turbines from my back garden. It will spoil my view and it will interfere with the television.

“I would look to move away but what would be the point. Who would want to live in a village that’s between two wind farms?”

No-one at Gamesa was available to comment.

Source:  Northampton Chronicle and Echo, www.northamptonchron.co.uk 13 August 2010

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