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Concerns over turbines remain despite changes  

Credit:  North-West Evening Mail, www.nwemail.co.uk 7 January 2012 ~~

Plans for a windfarm have been scaled down after planners went back to the drawing board.

The proposed Langthwaite windfarm near Millom will now see six rather than eight turbines installed at the site.

The height of the turbines has also been cut from 125 metres to 100.

REG Windpower, the company behind the proposals, redrew the plans after a series of drop-in sessions in 2010.

Should the plans be approved, the company has said it will try to bring in materials for construction through Port Millom.

Councillor Brian Crawford said: “They have been made smaller but to me the location is still quite prominent.

“Anyone looking from any angle will be able to see them.

“It will mar the view – especially with Black Combe as a backdrop. Wind turbines are big structures, there is no way around that.

“I understand the need for green energy and I do support it but it has to be done sensibly – I don’t think these turbines are in the correct position.”

Should plans go ahead, a £48,000 annual community fund will be set up, with money being spread across community projects in the area.

Councillor Frank McPhillips said: “When I got a card through the post, I sent it back with a big ‘no’ on it. I’ve spoken to a few people about it and they were against the plans.

“I would like to see more trade coming through Port Millom, I just don’t want to see windfarms springing up everywhere.

“If you look out from Millom, you can see three or four sets of these monstrosities – Kirkby, Ireleth and offshore.

“I would prefer nuclear power – there are much bigger benefits.”

Matt Olley, REG Windpower’s development manager for the site, said: “Since our previous public exhibitions, we have incorporated feedback from local people and have made important changes to the project. It is always our aim to design a scheme that can generate a significant quantity of clean electricity while minimising any effects on local people.

“We are now looking forward to explaining our revised proposals to as many people as possible and will be very happy to answer their questions.”

Drop-in events will take place on Friday, in Kirksanton Village Hall, from 2pm to 8pm, and on Saturday, in Millom Network Centre, from 9am to 4pm.

Source:  North-West Evening Mail, www.nwemail.co.uk 7 January 2012

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