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Residents to get their say on wind farm plan for Lincolnshire coast

Fresh on the heels of the refusal of a windfarm between Anderby and Chapel St Leonards, residents are being given the chance to have their say on a new proposal near Croft.

REG Windpower proposes to build six turbines on land traditionally known as Bank House Farm, close to the A52 with a small area of land on the west of the road designated as an area for a possible Habitat Management Plan.

And, to gauge public opinion, two exhibitions have been organised for later this month for people to find out more about the plans.

However, opposition to the scheme is already mounting and Croft Windfarm Action Group (CWAG) has now been formed.

CWAG chairman Melvin Grosvenor, who successfully campaigned against a proposed wind farm at Baumber, says the group has been working behind the scenes in preparation to fight the proposals.

He said: “The group formed about a month or so ago and we have been finding out more about the proposal.

“My view is it is ludicrous to go for even more turbines, especially in this location at Croft because of the two already here and the highly visible impact of the offshore wind turbines.

“Croft will already be sandwiched between two onshore and the next set of offshore wind turbines. That’s going to mean that the landscape there will be completely surrounded by turbines.

“The group will do everything it can to resist the proposals.”

CWAG is also organising its own exhibition on the proposals.

Those likely to be affected by the plans have received a leaflet from REG about the exhibition dates.

The leaflet outlines proposals which would see the six turbines built on land to the east of the A52 with a small area of land on the west of the road designated as an area for a possible Habitat Management Plan.

The REG Windpower exhibitions are being held at Croft Village Hall between noon and 7pm on Friday,

October 21 and at Coronation Hall, Wainfleet from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, October 22.

The REG project team will be on hand to answer questions and feedback cards will be available for residents to submit their comments.

The company’s development manager Tracey Siddle said: “This will be a good opportunity for residents to find out more about the plans and take an active part in the consultation.

“Images of the proposed six new turbines from surrounding viewpoints will be shown and we looking forward to hearing thoughts from local people on them.

“We would also be very interested to hear people’s ideas for how the Community Fund we propose to establish could be spent to benefit local good causes.”

REG Windpower anticipates submitting a planning application for the scheme in Spring 2012.