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Residents campaign over wind turbine plans for landfill site  

Credit:  Scunthorpe Telegraph, www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk 22 March 2011 ~~

Campaigners have raised fears over plans to build four wind turbines near their town.

Turbines of up to 127m high could be put up on a landfill site near Winterton under proposals put forward by the Waste Recycling Group (WRG).

The turbines, which would be even taller than the 125m towers at the Bagmoor site, would be capable of generating enough electricity to power up to 5,700 homes.

Some locals are worried that they could be a blight on the landscape, although the firm has rejected this.

A spokesman for the WRG company said: “We have proposed to site four wind turbines at Winterton Landfill site in North Lincolnshire.

“WRG has been operating this site for 27 years.

“The proposal follows a review of closed and operational landfill sites we have across the UK, including the Iron Stone Quarry site at Winterton.

“We want to establish feasible locations for the possible development of wind energy projects.

“As part of the environmental studies at the Iron Stone Quarry site, a temporary meteorological mast was put up in August 2009.

“This helped to establish in more detail the available wind resource.

“The feasibility studies are now complete and indicate that the site would be a suitable location for a wind-energy project.”

The proposed wind turbines would have an operational lifetime of about 25 years, after which time they would be removed.

Two public exhibitions have so far been held in order for WRG to talk about its ideas with residents.

The first was set up by WRG at West Halton Village Hall, while another was held at Winterton Rangers FC’s ground.

Resident Tina Ball has seen the proposals and is spearheading opposition to the development.

She said: “The proposed turbines are to be erected at the top end of Winterton and will be only 800m from properties.

“We live at the top end with hundreds of other residents. If these were to go up, they would blight the landscape.

“We are by no means against renewable energy, but just do not want them so close to our home.

“Our aim is to make people aware of the proposed plans and seek the views of Winterton residents.

“We have been in touch with members of the Flixborough Against Wind Farm group in Burton-Upon-Stather as they created a resident survey to be sent out.

“This is our next step so that we can seek the views of others.”

WRG says the plans will be sent to planners at North Lincolnshire Council next month.

A spokesman for WRG said: “WRG is committed to maintaining an open and detailed dialogue with the local community around the site.

“The public exhibitions provided local residents and other interested parties with the opportunity to find out detailed information about the proposal and view photo montages to see what the development is planned to look like.

“WRG anticipates submitting a planning application to North Lincolnshire Council in April.”

For more information on the Iron Stone Quarry Wind Energy Project, visit www.wrg.co.uk/wind

Source:  Scunthorpe Telegraph, www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk 22 March 2011

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