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Wind farm protestors rally more objectors  

Credit:  Melton Times, www.meltontimes.co.uk 29 July 2011 ~~

Anti-wind farm protestors are hoping more people will see how tall nine proposed turbines on land between the Asfordby villages and Ab Kettleby will be by flying a blimp on the site.

The blimp is being flown next Friday (August 5) and Saturday (August 6) at the most southerly point of the planned turbines.

Peel Energy wants to build the turbines, all but one of which will be 125m (410ft) to the blade of the tip.

Protest group STOP is fighting the proposals and is urging people to send in letters of objection to Melton Council.

The group is expecting Peel Energy to re-submit an amended application but continues to rally opposition to the scheme.

A blimp was previously flown on the site in March but campaigners felt the awareness exercise was hindered by poor weather conditions.

Peel Energy development manager Paddy Keogh said: “We hope the blimp demonstration is of interest to the community.

“We strongly recommend, however, the best way to get an appreciation of the scale of the turbines, the noise levels when operational, how public access through and around the site is managed, and how they sit within the landscape is to visit one of the many operational wind farms across the country.”

Comments, quoting the reference 10/00951/FUL and including your name and address, should be sent to Jennifer Wallis, Melton Borough Council, Nottingham Road, Melton, LE13 0UL or email j.wallis@mbc.gov.uk

For more information about the STOP campaign log on to www.STOPtheTurbines.org

l Campaigners who have spent years fighting plans to build a windfarm near their homes in Queniborough are breathing a sigh of relief after the energy firm behind the proposals announced it won’t be appealing a council decision to refuse planning permission.

ScottishPower Renewables had wanted to install four 410-feet high turbines on land between South Croxton Road and Ridgemere Lane.

The proposals were thrown out by Charnwood Council’s planning committee in February this year but cautious residents feared ScottishPower Renewables would appeal.

But this week the firm confirmed that it won’t be appealing the decision.

Source:  Melton Times, www.meltontimes.co.uk 29 July 2011

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