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Communities opposing Staffordshire windfarm send 240 letters of complaint to Lichfield Council  

Credit:  by Matt Lloyd, Birmingham Mail, www.birminghammail.net 17 August 2010 ~~

Communities fighting plans to build four huge wind turbines on their doorsteps have “inundated” a Midlands council with objections to the plan.

Rural villages around Lichfield and Tamworth have sent 240 letters to Lichfield council objecting to the planning application by German firm ProWind which would see the 420ft turbines built near Haunton.

Coun Matthew Ellis (Con, Lichfield Rural East) has backed opposition groups from Harlaston, Haunton and Clifton Campville.

He said: “This proposal would see four of the largest wind turbines ever constructed on mainland UK.

“Whatever people’s views on the merits of wind energy, this wind farm would change forever the countryside around Lichfield and Tamworth with the turbines visible from as far as five miles away.

“It is vital the wider community make their views known to the district council immediately.”

On a Coun Ellis’ web-site forum residents have also voiced their concerns.

One member named Peter wrote: “This is bad news for us. These things cause a constant background noise, are an eyesore and are also inefficient. We must stop this from happening.”

Writing under the name Another from Clifton, one member wrote: “Wind turbines of this nature and size will do more harm to the planet and local environment than the planners and promoters of such would have you believe.

“There is nothing ‘green’ about wind turbines. To manufacture them uses more energy (and materials) than they could save in ten years. That is when they work.”

But another said cutting carbon emissions was more important than protecting the countryside view for a handful of communities.

Maria Bradley wrote: “It’s about our planet not anything else. I’m all in favour of anything that will reduce the global warming.

“I’d welcome these technologies where we live and I suggest people stop bothering about their view and start bothering about saving the planet.”

The application is due to be decided in September.

Source:  by Matt Lloyd, Birmingham Mail, www.birminghammail.net 17 August 2010

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