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Wind farm action group calls for council backing  

Credit:  Staffordshire Newsletter, www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk 5 January 2012 ~~

Determined campaigners fighting a wind farm which they say will wreck the Stafford countryside are ready for battle.

Householders in Church Eaton, Wheaton Aston, High Onn and Blymhill are among those fighting plans for six 128-metre turbines at New House Farm, near Brineton.

The proposal was thrown out by South Staffordshire Council earlier this year but the applicant Wind Prospect lodged an appeal, set to be heard on February 21.

A second planning application for an 80-metre anemometry mast to measure wind speeds was also thrown out by the council but Wind Prospect appealed and following a hearing in the summer the decision was overturned.

Residents, who formed the action group Stag (Stop Turbines Action Group), are determined the latest decision will not be overturned by a planning inspector.

They have been working to raise £50,000 so they can hire experts, including a landscape architect, to help fight their case.

The householders fear the turbines will be seen for miles, ruin the countryside and cause house prices to plummet.

Campaign spokesman Tony Lendon said: “We are still raising money but it is going well and we hope to start appointing experts now.

“We are determined to get the best people representing us at the appeal hearing so we can get the decision we want. We do not want this wind farm.” Mr Lendon is also urging Stafford Borough Council to get behind their campaign even though the wind farm does not come under its jurisdiction.

He said the borough had commented on the report and said it was against the plan but he has urged council leader Mike Heenan to provide more support.

He added: “The MPs Bill Cash and Jeremy Lefroy have been right behind us but we feel Stafford Borough Council could do more.” Councillor Heenan said: “We do support the campaign. The site is not the appropriate place for a wind farm. We have to think about where we put these things more carefully. I know in Church Eaton there is considerable opposition to it.

“We have expressed our views quite strongly.

“As a neighbouring authority we can only provide representation.”

Source:  Staffordshire Newsletter, www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk 5 January 2012

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