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Wind farm policy change welcomed  

Credit:  Uttoxeter Post & Times, www.thisisuttoxeter.co.uk 2 May 2011 ~~

Campaigners have welcomed a council’s decision to shun the development of wind farms.

Staffordshire County Council has drawn up new policy guidelines which will effectively mean no large-scale wind farms will be allowed on land owned by the authority.

It comes after a series of community campaigns to try to block wind masts.

Families claim these developments risk blighting the landscape, create unacceptable noise levels, and are also an ineffective way to generate on-shore energy.

Now county councillors have decided to look at reducing the council’s carbon emissions through other means instead, such as fitting photo-voltaic panels to council buildings to tap into solar energy, installing bio-mass heating systems, and using hydro-power.

Keith Flunder, chairman of the Staffordshire Turbine Action Group, said: “It’s great to see the county council taking on board our concerns.”

Source:  Uttoxeter Post & Times, www.thisisuttoxeter.co.uk 2 May 2011

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