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Hedge Pond Road turbines under fire; 130 neighbors say the ZBA should deny the permit 

Credit:  By Emily Clark, GateHouse News Service, www.wickedlocal.com 18 November 2010 ~~

PLYMOUTH – They started filing in at 7 p.m., half an hour before the Zoning Board of Appeals was set to open the hearing. More than 130 residents in the Hedges Pond Road area of South Plymouth filled the seats of the Mayflower meeting room at Town Hall and overflowed into the hallways outside to hear the Zoning Board’s decision on plans to site two wind turbines in their neighborhood.

Former Energy Committee Chairman Jim Sweeney says his company, Sustainable New Energy, wants to lease the property at 143 Hedges Pond Road as the to site for two wind turbines capable of generating 2 megawatts of electricity. Jeanine Anderson Realty Trust owns the property, and cranberry grower Jeanine Anderson is a trustee.

But many residents say the proposed turbines will be an eyesore, destroy the quality of life, drastically reduce their property values, be a general nuisance and create a potential hazard. The proposed turbines are 364-feet-tall to the blade’s tip, causing many to balk at the shear size of the project.

The Zoning Board of Appeals closed the public comment portion of the hearing and continued it to 9:30 p.m., Dec. 1 when more information regarding the need for this particular height is available.

For more information, see the complete story in the Weekend edition of the Old Colony Memorial or visit www.wickedlocalplymouth.com for updates.

Source:  By Emily Clark, GateHouse News Service, www.wickedlocal.com 18 November 2010

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