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Bridgnorth campaigners meet MP Philip Dunne in windfarms fight 

Credit:  By Jason Lavan, Shropshire Star, www.shropshirestar.com 2 September 2011 ~~

Campaigners have met a county MP as part of their fight to stop plans for wind turbines, which they claim will blight an “unspoilt area of Shropshire”.

The Stop Bridgnorth Windfarm action group yesterday took Ludlow MP Philip Dunne to see the site for the two proposed 230ft turbines, a ridge three miles west of Bridgnorth, near Meadowley and Chetton.

Voluntary group Sustainable Bridgnorth and Ludlow non-profit organ- isation Sharenergy have joined forces as Crida Community Wind to develop the plans after being approached by a farmer.

The turbines would provide enough electricity for 750 homes. The energy would go into the National Grid and some of the money made would be ploughed back into the community.

But action group chairman William Cash said there would be a significant impact on the landscape if the plans were approved.

The campaign group was now awaiting Mr Dunne’s official opinion on the plans.

“We have taken Philip to the site and he has also spoken to the other side,” said Mr Cash. “He was deeply concerned but he has not formally made up his mind yet. The purpose of the meeting was for him to see the site for himself.

“They could not have chosen a worse location.

“He said he believes the reason why villages and towns like Bridgnorth have such a vibrant economy is because people come here to enjoy the quality of life.”

Mr Dunne was unavailable for comment today.

The action group, made up of residents from the small villages of Morville, Chetton, and Underton, now has more than 100 active members.

Bob Ensum, of Sustainable Bridgnorth, says the turbines would be positioned away from the Jack Mytton bridleway in Meadowley. But Mr Cash, the son of Bill Cash MP, added: “We will be writing to the farmer to reconsider because we are deeply concerned of the effect this could have on degrading the landscape.”

Source:  By Jason Lavan, Shropshire Star, www.shropshirestar.com 2 September 2011

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