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Decision still up in the air over Dingles’ illegal turbine

Cornwall councillors were due to meet again last night to determine the fate of a giant illegal wind turbine in Bodmin after failing to discuss the issue at a planning meeting last week.

Planning councillors had been expected to discuss last Wednesday night whether to take legal action to force agricultural firm Dingle Brothers to take down the 250-foot structure that has been installed without permission.

But the matter was adjourned until last night after the east planning meeting overran until gone 10.30pm, giving members no time to hold what would have been a behind-closed-doors debate.

Instead, a special meeting specifically to discuss the wind turbine was scheduled to be held in Liskeard last night.

Frustrated Cornwall councillor Mick Martin, the ward member for the area, said he wanted the matter resolved as soon as possible, and so did many local people.

“I have been inundated with phone calls from the public wanting to know what decision had been taken last Wednesday night, but had to tell them it had been adjourned.

“This is a very important issue, and it needs to be resolved sooner rather than later,” said Mr Martin.

A site meeting at Calywith Farm two weeks ago attracted 80 members of the public, the majority of whom supported the move by Graham and Ron Dingle to install the £1.3 million turbine last November, despite Cornwall Council issuing the company with a stop notice, preventing it from doing so.

Defying a stop notice is illegal and could lead to court fines of up to £20,000.

Some local Cornwall councillors feel unless enforcement action is taken to remove the wind turbine, a precedent will be set allowing others to be built in Cornwall without appropriate planning permission.