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Wind firm’s ‘PR stunt’ cuts no ice with Somerset protest  

Credit:  Western Daily Press, www.thisissomerset.co.uk 12 January 2012 ~~

An energy company’s decision to scale down its proposals for a wind farm near the M5 in Somerset has cut no ice with opponents.

Broadview Energy is now proposing four 130-metre turbines for a site at Pilrow, near Rooksbridge. The company, which has yet to apply for planning permission, had originally indicated up to six 140-metre masts.

But Nick Woolmington, chairman of No Pilrow Committee Against the Rooksbridge Wind Farm said yesterday: “This will make no difference to our opposition.

“Local people have never been consulted on size or number of turbines that Broadview intend to build. This current proposal is obviously dictated to them by the fundamentals of the site itself but will almost certainly be presented as a blatant PR exercise to try and convince some of their willingness to listen to local voices.

“As such, it is nothing more than the usual ploy of asking above worth and settling for less and pretending that it is part of a consultation process, thereby hoping to placate opposition.

“Bearing in mind some of the horrifying pictures of disintegrating turbines in recent gales, one does have to ask the very serious question as to whether a wind farm adjacent to the very busy M5 should be given any consideration at all.”

Tom Cosgrove, Broadview project manager, said: “We wanted to get as much input from the local community as possible through our various consultation events. We’ve listened to the feedback and, wherever possible, factored this into our final proposal.”

“It is important to recognise that larger wind turbines produce more sustainable electricity. However, it is equally important to balance maximising the renewable energy benefits of the project against minimising potential impacts on the local environment. We have found the right balance.”

Source:  Western Daily Press, www.thisissomerset.co.uk 12 January 2012

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