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Blimp will be launched to show turbine height  

Credit:  Skegness Standard, www.skegnessstandard.co.uk 10 June 2011 ~~

A blimp will be launched by a wind farm opposition group, demonstrating the visual impact posed if four 127 metre turbines near Wainfleet are approved.

Wainfleet Wind Turbine Action Group (WWTAG) will fly the unmanned helium filled craft to the height proposed by RWE npower renewables in its recently validated wind farm planning application.

The group hope the launch on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, will highlight to the public just how imposing an effect the structures will have on the landscape for miles around.

WWTAG chairman Melvin Grosvenor said: “The tranquillity and the very heart and soul of Lincolnshire is facing an onslaught of industrialisation.

“This landscape can take so much but it will reach the point where it is just one wind farm after another stretching throughout the entire region. The county’s big open skies and uninterrupted character will be lost.”

Coinciding with the blimp launch weekend, WWTAG members will attend the Friskney show on Sunday, June 12, where they will explain the developer’s plans and their objections to it and the cumulative effect of other proposed wind farms throughout Lincolnshire.

Melvin believes the height at which the blimp will be flying will make it visible for miles around and very prominent to those visiting the Friskney Show, who he thinks will be astonished by the scale of it.

They will also be collating public feedback to submit to East Lindsey District Council for it to consider when it makes its decision on RWE’s planning application.

Melvin fears that preliminary investigations and scoping reports carried out by RWE in its application are indicative of plans for a far larger development than the four turbines currently applied for.

Along with all of the other applications awaiting approval, WWTAG fear the overall effect of these developments will permanently alter the region’s character with little proven benefit towards climate change.

Source:  Skegness Standard, www.skegnessstandard.co.uk 10 June 2011

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