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New photos show how wind farms would impact local landscape 

Credit:  www.burnham-on-sea.com 12 July 2011 ~~

Campaigners fighting against plans for six 140-metre tall wind turbines to be built near Burnham-On-Sea have published these photo montages of how the local landscape might look if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The newly-formed ‘No Pilrow’ group argues that the Somerset levels around Burnham would be “spoilt forever” if the plans were to win approval.

The image above shows how countryside around Burnham would look if Broadview Energy wins approval to build six turnbines next to the M5 at Rooksbridge in addition to EDF and Ecotricity’s plans for nine wind turbines near East Huntspill.

The No Pilrow group says the wind turbines “would be three times as high” as the electricity pylons being proposed by the National Grid to run through the area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth.

Nick Walmington, from the No Pilrow group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “There is a growing opposition to these wind turbines which, as the photos show, would have a big impact on our area.”

The publication of the photo montages comes as Broadview Energy, the developer behind the proposed Pilrow wind farm at Rooksbridge, announced a new series of public exhibitions to give residents the opportunity to find out more about its plans.

Residents will have the following opportunities to meet the Broadview team: Thursday July 21 at East Brent Village hall, from 2pm to 8:30pm; Friday July 22 at Mark Village Hall, from 12pm to 8pm; and Saturday July 23 at The Stables Business Centre, Rooks Bridge, from 10am to 2pm.

Tom Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It’s important that we maintain an open and constructive dialogue with residents. We want to give as many people as possible the chance to meet us and find out more, which is why we’re holding public exhibitions over three days at three different locations.”

“We would urge people to come along and have their say on this, and indeed any issue relating to the project.”

“It is widely recognised that we cannot continue to rely on fossil fuels in the same way as we have done for so many years. Onshore wind energy utilises an abundant and free natural resource, is already making a tangible and crucial contribution to both European and UK Government emissions reduction targets and has the potential to vastly increase that contribution,” said Tom.

Source:  www.burnham-on-sea.com 12 July 2011

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