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Residents hit out at turbine plans  

Credit:  North-West Evening Mail, www.nwemail.co.uk 16 February 2012 ~~

Developers have been issued with a firm message from a community which fears being surrounded by wind turbines.

Around 20 residents in Kirksanton have spoken out against the proposed six-turbine windfarm on land at Langthwaite, which overlooks the village.

The windfarm, proposed by REG Windpower, would see six 100 metre turbines built to generate enough power to supply around 6,500 homes.

One woman who moved to the village from London just months ago said she feared a development could drive her from her new home.

Maggie Cumming, opening a meeting in Kirksanton Village Hall said: “As a group we’re not anti-renewables. We’re not anti-windfarm.

“I feel this would be imposing awfully on important landscape that’s part of our cultural heritage.”

Mandy Gerrans moved to Kirksanton at the end of last year.

She said: “I moved before Christmas and, as a Londoner coming up here I think it’s beautiful. I wouldn’t have moved into a house that will be looking at these things.

“I don’t want to have to move again.”

The development will create a £48,000 community fund.

The plan is due to be submitted to Copeland Borough Council’s planning department ‘this winter’.

The turbines are said to generate between 35 to 45 decibels from a distance of 300 metres.

Dorothy Williams, who owns Black Combe House Bed and Breakfast in Kirksanton, fears the development could harm the economy.

She said: “Millom is a town that can’t be described as rich, but the thing it does have is beautiful surroundings. If this went ahead it would definitely depreciate properties and it wouldn’t be thought of as beautiful.

“It would bring no benefits to Millom.”

Sue Abbott, organised the session, she said: “Enough is enough.

“We have a big windfarm at Haverigg and one up there at Langthwaite would stand out from any position you looked at it.”

Millom mayoress Councillor Christine Lovell was among the concerned residents.

She said: “I’m in support of renewables but the time has come to say enough is enough.

“We’ve got the nuclear power station, we’ve got turbines – but we’re surrounded by the sea.

“We’re very much in favour of a barrage across to Barrow with road and rail links.”

Matt Olley, REG Windpower’s Development Manager for the project, said: “At our recent public exhibitions many local people indicated their support for the proposals. We received positive and encouraging comments including those which suggested uses for the community benefit funding that the project would deliver.

“The proposed wind farm will supply the equivalent of 6,500 homes with renewable electricity every year and we are making every effort to ensure the design is as sensitive as possible towards the local environment. We are in process of replying to requests made following the latest exhibitions and want to stay in touch with local people throughout the development process.

“I would encourage people with questions to visit the project website at www.langthwaitewindfarm.co.uk, where they be able to find out more about the scheme and let us know their views.”

Source:  North-West Evening Mail, www.nwemail.co.uk 16 February 2012

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