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Fears voiced over wind farm plans  

Credit:  Julian Makey, Cambridge News, www.cambridge-news.co.uk 25 November 2010 ~~

Protesters fear that a chain of wind farms could be built along the A14 west of Huntingdon, following the latest application for a site at Ellington.

If the scheme by RES UK and Ireland gets the go-ahead, its 428ft turbines – equalling the tallest in the country – would sit on top of Woolley Hill, the highest point in Huntingdonshire.

The firm wants to build four of the turbines near Whitleather Lodge and is one of a series of schemes in the area being considered by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Ros Wolfe, of Stop Woolley Hill Wind Farm, said: “They are big monstrosities intruding into the countryside.”

Mrs Wolfe, who lives about 800 metres from the proposed site, said the concern was the impact of the giant turbines on the open countryside and being built on a ridge meant they would be seen from miles away.

She said: “It is the industrialisation of the countryside. A lot of people think they are like the one at the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, but these are only slightly smaller than the London Eye.”

Mrs Wolfe said the movement of the turbines would be a distraction for drivers on the A14 and there were fears that more sites could be chosen along the A14 as far as the M1.

They will be flying a balloon at the height of the turbines on December 4 and 5.

Objectors are also opposing a potential site between nearby Molesworth and Bythorn.

Vicky Wood, of the Stop Molesworth Wind Farm Action Group, said 80 per cent of homeowners in the Bythorn area opposed the wind farm, “I haven’t found a single person in favour of it,” she added.

The district council also has schemes at Kimbolton and Ellington under consideration, together with wind farms at Bythorn and Perry at the pre-application stage.

Jon Knight, RES project manager, said the company had liaised with local communities.

He added: “We also held public exhibitions in September and we are organising a trip to an operational wind farm for local residents this month.”

Source:  Julian Makey, Cambridge News, www.cambridge-news.co.uk 25 November 2010

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