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Plan for wind turbines met with criticism at public meeting  

Credit:  Nottingham Post, www.thisisnottingham.co.uk 23 November 2010 ~~

Plans to build three wind turbines between Beeston Rylands and Clifton were criticised at a public meeting last night.

The University of Nottingham wants to build the £10 million turbines at Grove Farm, off Thane Road, alongside the River Trent.

Three 125m structures would produce a third of the electricity its campus needed and cut its carbon emissions by 7,000 tonnes a year.

But many people in the area are unhappy, and voiced their disapproval at the meeting at Leyton Crescent Community Centre, in Beeston Rylands.

They claim the turbines would be imposing, too loud at night, not as eco-friendly as claimed and would have a negative impact on house prices.

Gerald Pullen, of Beeston Rylands, said: “Denmark has switched their turbines off because they are not efficient.

“It’s a pointless exercise, why don’t the university put it on their own campus?”

Janet Wright, 54 of Cornwall Avenue, Beeston Rylands, said: “The first wind turbine is 470 metres from our house.

“In Scotland, the nearest recommended is 2km.”

Her husband, David, 54, added: “I think the impact on house prices is unfair.”

Broxtowe borough councillors were also at the meeting.

Paul McQuillan, of engineering consultants AECOM, told the meeting its environmental impact study commissioned by the University of Nottingham revealed the turbines provided only a low risk of harm.

Professor Alan Dodson, pro-vice chancellor at the university, said: “This is the most cost effective method of rapidly reducing our Co2. We are planning to put it where we are because we had consultants look at all of the sites and this has the best chance of getting planning permission as it’s not close to buildings and it has a constant wind flow.”

Mr Dodson said the turbines would save the university about £1 million a year in electricity costs.

Source:  Nottingham Post, www.thisisnottingham.co.uk 23 November 2010

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