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Concerns raised about plans for more turbines  

Credit:  By Sarah Robinson, The Whitehaven News, www.whitehavennews.co.uk 4 August 2011 ~~

Concerns have been raised at a public exhibition about plans to erect a windfarm at Keekle Head.

Members of the public were invited to exhibitions at Moresby Parks and Arlecdon last week to view the proposals and discuss any issues.

Some people at the Moresby Parks consultation said that although they are not opposed to renewable energy, they are concerned about the plans to erect a further six turbines in the area.

Norma Lockhart, of Moresby Parks, said the public consultation was a good idea as she was able to raise her concerns. She said: “I look at Moresby and the Solway and I can see Robin Rigg, Lowca and I also see Fairfield.

“If this goes ahead, it will complete the circle.

“My biggest worry from watching the turbines is their efficiency. The number of times they are not working. It’s not just as simple as having it turning in the wind.”

Copeland councillor and Distington parish councillor, John Bowman, said: “We will take all the information in these plans in to the communities that it affects. That way people can decide for themselves about the proposals,”

Marion Fitzgerald, of Wigton, also went along to view the proposals. She said: “West Cumbria is a very soft target at the moment. I feel that we are getting too many opportunely started wind farms.

“I’m fighting off three proposals at the moment.

“We are not against renewable energy, but proposals are being put forward for wind farms in rural areas where they could be minimal resistance. I think it will hurt the tourism industry as well as spoil the quality of life for the residents who live here.”

The sessions were an opportunity for the community to learn more about the proposals and raise concerns.

Representatives of Banks Renewables were on hand to answer any questions visitors have about their scheme and to gather feedback.

Stewart Provan, senior development planner at Banks, said: “The Keekle Head Wind Farm has the potential to both make a major contribution to low carbon energy generation in Cumbria and to have a very positive impact on local residents.

“We’re keen to hear ideas from people about how they would like to see the scheme provide support and funding for local community groups and initiatives, should it be approved, in order to help ensure that our presence in the area has a tangible positive long-term impact on the local community.”

Mr Provan said the exhibitions are a key part of the ongoing public consultation process.

People could also make suggestions about the sorts of local projects that could be funded through the dedicated community benefits scheme that would be introduced if the scheme is approved.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Copeland Borough Council before the end of the summer.

For more information on the proposals, or to comments, contact the Banks project team on 0191 378 6100 or email keekle@banksgroup.co.uk.

Cumbria Police was made aware of a possible peaceful protest which was due to be staged at the public consultation session at Moresby Parks.

Source:  By Sarah Robinson, The Whitehaven News, www.whitehavennews.co.uk 4 August 2011

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