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Protests against wind turbines in East Lindsey which would be ‘taller than St James’ Church spire’

A protest meeting has been called to oppose the installation of three turbines in rural East Lindsey.

As reported, Partnerships For Renewables has submitted an application to East Lindsey District Council for the turbines to be built adjacent to Louth Canal.

The firm pledged to set up a community benefit fund for those in the surrounding area amounting to nearly £19,000-a-year.

The maximum height the wind turbines will stand to the tip of the blades is 113.5 metres and they would have the capacity to create 16.4 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity every year and displace up to 7,060 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

But villagers in Fulstow oppose the scheme, warning the turbines will be bigger than Louth’s St James’ Church spire which dominates the skyline.

A meeting will take place at Fulstow Village Hall on Monday at 7.30pm to oppose the wind turbines planned for the Thoresby Bridge area. Opponents say it is less than two miles from most of the homes in Fulstow.

Fulstow resident Nicola Pike said: “These proposed turbines will be 113.5 metres in height, that is 372 feet high and 80ft higher than those at Conisholme and higher than most of The Wolds visible from Fulstow.

“Louth’s St James’ Church spire is 295 ft.”

She said: “If agreed at the meeting, a policy for Wind Turbine Development for the Parish can be produced to help prevent this, and further wind farm developments.

“Is this a fair share or the thin end of the wedge?

“There are already plans for another 13 turbines at Bishopthorpe and Tetney, five at Grimoldby and others in the south of the county.

“With a massive offshore wind turbine field being developed just off our coast, are these land-based turbines necessary so close to our communities?”

Resident Nigel Draper of Lock Road, North Cotes, said: “I am opposed to the wind turbines and a protest meeting would be something I would welcome.

“The claims of how much electricity the turbines would create is very misleading.

“The only way that the turbines could power the amount of houses they claim is if it was night time and everything was off.

“I would rather see the money invested in other projects and employment.

PFR regional manager Jo Fleming said: “I accept that some of those people meeting in Fulstow have their reservations about onshore wind turbines, but the facts suggest that they are in the minority.

“The positive feedback we received from many of the local people who attended public events in Tetney and North Thoresby was very encouraging.

“After asking people to complete questionnaires at the events, more than 50 per cent of those who responded said they were supportive of our three turbine proposal, with fewer than 1 in 5 expressing any reservations.

“Electricity generated by onshore wind turbines is significantly cheaper than that from offshore.

“At 113.5 metres, the proposed turbines are significantly smaller than many others currently operating in the UK, with 125m turbines often used.

“Following thorough technical and environmental studies we have selected the size of turbine which we thought was appropriate for the Louth Canal site.

“Rather than being constrained by any technical concerns, we simply thought that these smaller turbines, 9 per cent smaller than standard 125m turbines, would be more sympathetic to the local landscape.”

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