A perceived negativity can bring the down the value of home. Be it a pig farm, a highway or, in West Lincoln’s case, massive wind turbines.
A representative from Team Turek, a RE/MAX real estate team which covers the West Lincoln area, is one of four speakers who will present information on the issue at a public information meeting May 30. Adele Turek, a member of the real estate team, said she has already seen the impact two proposed wind energy projects have had on the rural community.
“I’ve had a buyer state that they would not buy a property in Caistor Centre because of the wind turbines and another say they would put in an offer but it would be low to compensate for it,” she said. “It’s scary. The property values have gone up in West Lincoln over the last decade. It’s a wonderful place to live and to have something like this bring down those values is worrisome.”
The May 30 meeting is part of Wind Concerns Ontario’s Truth About Wind Turbines tour which will visit 38 communities this spring to raise awareness of the impacts industrial turbines have on rural communities and their residents. Organized by the West Lincoln and Glanbrook Wind Action Groups and the Wainfleet Ratepayers Group, the meeting is open to all concerned residents and will take place at the Wellandport Community Centre, 5024 Regional Road 63 starting a 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The evening will feature John Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario; David Colling, a dairy farmer who has had personal experience with wind turbines; Stephana Johnson, a retired teacher living near turbines in Cold Creek; and a realtor with Team Turek.
WLWAG was started in response to IPC Energy’s proposal to erect five industrial turbines in the Caistor Centre area with plans to add five more in the future. Following the group’s creation, Niagara Region Wind Corporation was awarded a provincial contract for a 230 megaWatt wind farm in the Smithville area. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project, developed as a joint venture between IPC Energy and the Loeffen Farms, calls for the installation of five turbines over a land area of 3,400 hectares in the township’s lakeshore area.
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