More than 5,000 people have signed up to protest against a massive windfarm near Guisborough.
Developer Banks Renewables plans to build a six-turbine windfarm close to the historic market town and, in view of many homes, including those on the Hunters Hill estate.
The £15.6m scheme proposes a cluster of 410ft high wind turbines at Park Woods, on the Gisborough Estate.
Now the FIGHT (Fight In Guisborough to Halt Turbines) action group has formed a committee to stop the proposed wind farm. Committee members have been in the town to gauge public opinion on the windfarm plans.
FIGHT co-chairman George Tinsley said: “More than 90% of people said the idea was wrong and nearly 1,000 signatures were obtained for our petition against the scheme on the day. Posters were also handed out to shops. The petition was started two weeks ago and now has almost 5,000 signatures.”
Mr Tinsley lives at Pinchinthorpe, one of the communities which will have a clear view of the turbines. He is chiefly concerned about the visual impact on Guisborough and neighbouring areas.
Stuart Lax,P co-chairman, said his objections are mainly on the fact that the “monster” wind turbines could be seen from 75% of the North York Moors National Park.
He said: “These turbines should be sited out at sea and not in environmentally sensitive areas such as Guisborough, with its attractive landscape, ancient church and historic priory.”
Phil Dyke, Banks Renewables development director, said: “Technical visualisations, created in accordance with planning procedures, suggest the turbines would be visible from only a small percentage of the top end of the National Park, rather than the 75% claimed.
“In generating significant amounts of renewable energy, the Bank Field Windfarm would also bring a range of other benefits to the area, from dozens of new jobs and commercial opportunities for local businesses worth around £3m through to substantial funding for community and environmental improvements.”
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