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Villagers vote against wind farm in poll  

Credit:  ADAM LAZZARI, Eastern Daily Press, www.edp24.co.uk 16 August 2010 ~~

Eighty five per cent of those who took part in a parish poll over a proposed wind farm in north Norfolk have voted against the project.

A total 123 out of the 507 people eligible to vote did so.

Residents of South Creake, near Fakenham, were asked the respond to the question: Do you support the proposed wind farm to be built on land between Stanhoe and South Creake.

The poll was held at North Creake Village Hall on Thursday and results have now been released.

These will be presented to the development control board of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, which will make the final decision.

The business behind the scheme, Renewable Energy Systems, claim the wind farm would be able to power 8,000 homes and has pledged about £27.600 each year to the local community.

Opponents have raised concerns about the cumulative impact of wind energy developments, with two other separate wind farms proposed. Theses are close to nearby Docking and between the villages of Bagthorpe, Barmer and Syderstone,

Hetti Simpson, 38, said: “I voted against the wind farm. I believe wind farms should be offshore and not built in an area of such natural beauty as this. I’m not 100 per cent convinced with the arguments put forward about how much impact this will have on the environment, especially when you take into account the amount of harm that would be done to the environment in building the wind farm in the first place.”

Andrew Bush, 41, said: “I voted in favour of it, but I’m not too bothered either way. Energy will not last forever and if they were proposing to build a nuclear power station here it would be a different story. I can’t really see the problem with wind turbines.”

Peter Charlton, 75, said: “The government has not made information clear enough about wind farms. I don’t know the cost of them or how effective they are and this wind farm would destroy the countryside around here.”

Susan Thaw said: “I voted against the wind farm because it would be a huge blot on the landscape and, if this is approved, it could set a precedent. With two other proposals nearby we could end up with 15 or 16 wind turbines here which would be terrible.”

Tricia Cox said: “People come here for tourism and to see rare birds. The turbines would pose a big threat to pink-footed geese. Something like 50 per cent of the world’s pink-footed goose population is in Norfolk during the winter and these birds become disorientated at night and fly into turbines.”

The borough council ran the poll on behalf of the campaign group Creakes Action for Protecting the Environment (CAPE) which is strongly opposed to the proposal for six turbines which would be up to 126m to the blade tip.

Source:  ADAM LAZZARI, Eastern Daily Press, www.edp24.co.uk 16 August 2010

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