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New plans for turbines draw fresh criticism  

Credit:  Wharfedale Observer, www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk 23 July 2011 ~~

Campaigners fighting proposals for 80-metre tall wind turbines at a reservoir say people living nearby still oppose the controversial plans.

Objectors to Kelda Water Services’ (KWS) scheme for the two structures at Chelker Reservoir protested against the plans at a public consultation meeting.

And members of Parishoners Against Chelker Turbines (PACT) carried out a poll of residents at the event in Addingham and believe almost 90 per cent do not want to see the new turbines.

They said of 87 people who attended the consultation event, 76 do not want the new turbines, with only five in favour and six unsure.

KWS had wanted to replace four 45-metre high turbines with three 80-metre structures to power Yorkshire Water’s nearby Chelker and Lobwood pumping stations.

But after much criticism and opposition to the plans, KWS, a sister company to Bradford-based Yorkshire Water, said the planning application has been completely withdrawn.

However, KWS are now going to carry out a public consultation with residents in the area, particularly Draughton and Addingham, with a view to submitting new plans later in the year for two 80-metre turbines on the site.

The new plans have already drawn criticism and PACT chairman Peter Rigby said his group wants to give residents the facts.

“Our aim is simple: give people the facts,” he said.

“Getting facts into the open means we have actually performed a public service. Visitors have welcomed that.

“Our own poll of visitors showed that 87 people attended the event. Seventy six of them opposed the plans, only five supported Kelda, whilst six gave no opinion.”

PACT say the site is unsuitable for new turbines as they will be too close to properties and access roads for safety and because of their overwhelming visual impact. The plans for three turbines drew objections from residents, English Heritage, The National Park Authority, parish councils and civic groups, and PACT believes nothing will change in the new proposals.

More public consultation meetings are expected soon.

Source:  Wharfedale Observer, www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk 23 July 2011

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