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Fall out over wind turbines  

Credit:  www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk 2 February 2011 ~~

Wind turbine protestors and the firm which wants to build four 120m-high windmills are at odds again, ahead of a crunch planning meeting.

Next Generation’s proposal for the wind park at Stinchcombe, near Dursley, is likely to be rejected by Stroud District Council next Tuesday.

Officers have recommended the development control committee turns it down because not enough information has been provided on potential noise impact.

When Save Berkeley Vale (SBV) protesters gathered last week, around 180 people turned up and many criticised Next Generation and sister firm Ecotricity’s approach to dealing with their concerns.

Roger Stroud, SBV spokesman, suggested electricity boss Dale Vince “do the sensible, dignified and right thing and walk away”.

He added: “From the strength of feeling in the area and the large number of people who attended a hastily arranged event, how on earth does Mr Vince think he and his four 120-metre turbines is being a good neighbour to all of us?”

SBV has questioned the robustness of a survey which Ecotricity carried out in the area. They say it didn’t represent local people’s views.

Mike Cheshire, a spokesmanfor Ecotricity, said: the survey showed that people wanted greener electricity, and if they did not want it in Berkeley Vale, where should it be positioned?

He said: “We all use electricity, so it’s up to us all to decide where we want it to come from, now and for future generations.”

The survey was carried out by NOP, one of the world’s most respected polling organisations, in a six-mile radius of Berkeley Vale.

He added: “Gloucestershire is well behind its own green energy targets, and the Berkeley Vale site is one of a tiny handful in the whole county that meets all of the criteria for a wind park. Onshore wind energy is clean, proven, cost-effective and everlasting.”

Source:  www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk 2 February 2011

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