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Plan for giant wind mast at Cumbrian factory deferred at stormy council meeting  

Credit:  By John Fuller, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 10 November 2011 ~~

A decision on plans for a 303ft wind turbine to supply energy to Siddick’s Eastman Chemical plant has been deferred at a feisty Allerdale Council meeting.

Protester Anita Lowden, of St Helen’s Farm, walked out of the meeting at The Wave Centre, Maryport, while development panel chairman Peter Bales warned the 29-strong audience: “Behave or else.”

Councillors voted to visit the site before making a decision on the turbine during heated exchanges on Tuesday.

Airvolution Energy wants to build it at Wythegill Syke, Seaton, close to two other turbines, which help to power Eastman.

Ms Lowden suggested that councillors visit the site before making any decision,.

She added: “The turbines are not economical or practical. We do need to do out bit for the environment but Allerdale has done that.

“The rest of Britain should follow suit.”

Glenis Jones, of Barncroft Avenue, Seaton, said the beautiful Cumbrian landscape would be ruined if the plans were approved.

She added: “This turbine will spoil the wildlife that is trying to thrive here and it would have an impact on every residents’ life.

“My health has started to be affected by this issue and the views will be ruined.”

Maryport town councillor Martin Wood hit back, and said: “You do know you don’t buy a view when you buy a property, don’t you?”

Speaking for Airvolution Energy, agent Ric Outhwaite said the turbine would help to bring £172,500 in grants to the area.

He said: “It is only a single turbine but it will make a big difference.”

Carol Tindall, of Maryport town touncil, was speaking as a Flimby resident. She backed the plans, and said: “The turbines will be fitted with anti-flicker devices to help residents and Airvolution Energy has tired to make the turbine as green and unobtrusive as possible.”

Mr Holliday described Mr Outhwaite’s comments regarding funding being brought to the area as “nothing more than a bribe”.

He added: “How can we make a decision on these grounds?”

Source:  By John Fuller, News & Star, www.newsandstar.co.uk 10 November 2011

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