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Blimp to fly at sites of proposed wind turbines  

Credit:  Leicester Mercury, www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk 24 May 2012 ~~

An MP has persuaded an energy company to fly a blimp at the site of two proposed wind turbines.

Rutland and Melton MP, Alan Duncan, argued it was the best way for people in the villages of Ketton – where the 100m (328ft) turbines would be sited and nearby Tinwell – to understand their size and visual impact.

REG Windpower, of Cornwall, initially refused, providing instead photo-montages and 3D computer modelling.

More than 200 people who attended a public meeting in February were almost universally opposed to the turbines and a survey of villagers found that 92 per cent of those who voted were against the scheme.

Ketton and Tinwell Action Group on Wind Turbines members say the propellers would be too close to houses and would be noisy.

In a letter, REG Windpower confirmed they have agreed to Mr Duncan’s request and a blimp would now be flown today to mark the height of the centre of the blades and their uppermost tip.

Mr Duncan said: ‘I have always said that a blimp is the best way to understand the size and visual impact of the turbines.”

Owen Saward, REG Windpower’s development manager for the project, said they appreciated some people remained keen to judge the height of the proposed turbines in relation to the adjacent cement works chimneys.

Source:  Leicester Mercury, www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk 24 May 2012

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