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Protesters urged to attend meeting on Honda turbines  

Credit:  By David Wiles, Swindon Advertiser, www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk 12 October 2011 ~~

Wind urbine campaigners are urging people to attend a planning meeting tomorrow which will decide whether Honda’s wind turbine project can go ahead.

Honda and green energy firm Eco-tricity have applied to build three 120-metre turbines at the car plant, in South Marston, as part of a bid to cut its carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.

A special meeting of the planning committee to determine the application will take place at the Wyvern Theatre at 6pm, with doors opening at 5pm.

The last meeting in July was rescheduled when the council was forced to abandon the discussion due to a record-breaking public turn-out at the Civic Offices.

Since then, Honda has offered Swindon Council the option to approve just two turbines – the two closest to South Marston – and not approve the one closest to homes and Highworth Road.

However, members of campaign group Ill Wind say the remaining turbines would still be too close to homes and would still produce noise and vibrations which would harm people’s health.

They also claim a report by leading acoustics consultant, Mas Environmental, shows the noise impact assessment does not comply with the national noise standard for wind turbines in the UK and therefore also not with planning regulations.

Chairman Des Fitz-patrick, 64, of South Marston, said: “We believe the evidence supports us and that the planning committee will recognise this application breaches the national planning policy statement and Swindon’s adopted local plan. We are confident the committee will reject it.

“We want as many local residents as possible to be at the Wyvern so our councillors know the depth of opposition to this flawed application.”

Mike Cheshire, an Ecotricity spokesman, said: “The Government has set noise limits for turbines called ETSU.

“These guidelines have been reviewed on many occasions and each time the Government has determined that they are suitable to ensure that amenity of residents is not affected by turbines.

“These guidelines have been used for the assessment of the turbines at Honda and Swindon Borough Council’s external review of the noise assessment confirms that it fully complies.

“We continue to be concerned that “Ill Wind” is presenting their own views as definitive fact.”

Source:  By David Wiles, Swindon Advertiser, www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk 12 October 2011

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