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Holywell campaigners oppose Kingspan plans for 110m wind turbines  

Credit:  by Dave Goodban, Flintshire Chronicle, www.flintshirechronicle.co.uk 19 January 2012 ~~

Two pensioners are at the forefront of a campaign against a Holywell company’s plans to erect two giant wind turbines on her doorstep.

Gwladys Harrison and husband Keith want to fight proposals for a pair of 110m (360ft) towers near their home on Rayon Road, Greenfield.

Insulation firm Kingspan – based about 500m from Mr and Mrs Harrison’s home of 31 years – has submitted its plans to Flintshire County Council.

But a meeting will be held at Greenfield Church from 6-8pm on Monday so concerned residents can form a plan of action.

Mrs Harrison, 66, claims the looming structures – which are taller than Big Ben – will be a blot on the landscape, and she has the support of her two local councillors.

She said: “I have also been in contact with [Delyn MP] David Hanson and he’s written to Kingspan and Flintshire County Council with our concerns.

“Everybody is against it. The visual impact is going to be detrimental to our lives.”

Mrs Harrison said she also has concerns about noise from the turbines and the increase in traffic while they are put in place.

Mr Hanson said: “I’ve raised Mrs Harrison’s concerns about the application, but the decision is with Flintshire County Council.

“Kingspan have said they’re willing to listen to what people have to say.”

The plans are currently on display in Greenfield Post Office, which is run by Cllr Rosetta Dolphin.

She said: “I will be objecting, definitely. There can be no argument there will be a visual impact, and I’m also concerned about the noise.

“I genuinely do believe we have to look at other energy sources, but there are places for these things and this close to homes and a community isn’t one of them.”

Cllr Dolphin and Holywell East councillor Robin Baker have organised the meeting on Monday night so anyone who want to oppose the plans can do so before Thursday – Flintshire County Council’s cut-off point for official objections.

Cllr Baker said the structures would be out of keeping with the area and claimed the view from Basingwerk Abbey would be ‘bizarre’ if they were built.

He added: “I’m usually predisposed to wind farms, but not in this case. They’re bigger than the Sky Tower in Rhyl and even taller than Big Ben! It’s too much.”

Source:  by Dave Goodban, Flintshire Chronicle, www.flintshirechronicle.co.uk 19 January 2012

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