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Shenstone villagers say proposed wind turbine would close local airfield  

Credit:  by Justine Halifax, Birmingham Mail, www.birminghammail.net 21 April 2012 ~~

Villagers fear that plans for a 300ft high wind turbine could force a nearby airfield to shut.

The proposal for a wind turbine at Thickbrook Farm, Little Hay Lane, Weeford, close to Lichfield, has been unveiled to residents ahead of any permission being sought from Lichfield District Council.

But it has already met with opposition. While one Shenstone farmer branded the proposal “very, inappropriate”, it has been claimed that if given the green light it would spell the end of Shenstone Airport, too.

Brian Hill, who lives in nearby Hurley Common, is one of 21 pilots who use the 35-year-old site. He said: “I have looked at the drawings and the turbine would be right in the flight path so it would close the airfield down. It would be where planes both climb out and land.”

Shenstone parsnip farmer Roy Bartlett, 74, said: “We realise the need to find environmentally friendly ways of creating energy, but we also need to protect the beauty and traditional look of our countryside.”

The turbine is expected to create enough energy in one year to power over 320 homes.

Source:  by Justine Halifax, Birmingham Mail, www.birminghammail.net 21 April 2012

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