March 28, 2012

Wind farm opponents meet

Peterlee Star, 28 March 2012

A public meeting was held to co-ordinate an approach for how objections to a planned wind farm can be collated.

Around 70 people attended an informal drop-in session at Hesleden Community Centre regarding proposals to build a five-turbine wind farm at Sheraton, off the A19.

The purpose of the event, which was organised by Durham county councillor for Blackhall, Coun Rob Crute, and Lynda Wardle, Monk Hesleden Parish Council clerk, was to raise public awareness of the impact of the development on communities, including High Hesleden, Hesleden, Castle Eden and Hutton Henry.

Coun Crute said the event also aimed to encourage residents to write to the county council with their objections.

He added: β€œIt is estimated that around 60 to 70 people attended during the two-hour event, coming from all potentially affected communities – including a strong contingent from the Hart ward in Hartlepool where one of the turbines will be erected.”

Coun Crute has previously cited visual impact, cumulative impact and wildlife concerns as some of the reasons he is against the proposals, which come from EDF Energy Renewables.

The firm has previously said the majority of residents who attended public meetings last year had expressed their support for the plans.

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