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Thorpe Park owners will fight Newton Marsh wind turbines plan  

Credit:  Grimsby Telegraph | 25 October 2012 | www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk ~~

The firm which owns Thorpe Park Caravan Park has pledged to fight plans for eight 115 metre high turbines “tooth and nail”.

Bourne Leisure has joined the growing campaign against the Newton Marsh windfarm near the Tetney sewerage works describing it as “unfair, unnecessary and unwarranted”.

The farm, which was unveiled to the public by developers ASC yesterday at Humberston Country Club, is just 950 metres away from the Cleethorpes holiday park and conservation area, the Humberston Fitties.

Thorpe Park employs 300 people and generates an estimated £15 million a year for the local economy and Bourne Leisure believes the farm could impact on trade.

Bourne Leisure spokesperson and former Daily Mirror news man Andy Lines said: “We believe this proposed development should not go ahead under any circumstances and would be a blight on such a beautiful area of Lincolnshire countryside.

“Tens of thousands of visitors stay with us every year and if these wind turbines are given the all clear it will have a huge effect on the enjoyment of their holidays.”

But at yesterday’s public consultation, operations director for ASC, Mike Denny, said the farm, which will generate enough power for up to 11,770 homes, will have no “significant impact” on the local area.

The farm will be an extension of Anglian Water’s wind farm which will see two 105 metre high wind turbines erected in the coming weeks.

If given the go-ahead it will generate £250,000 in business rates for East Lindsey District Council and £50,000 in community grants every year for the next 25 years.

Mr Denney said: “We have carefully considered the location for the windfarm development by placing it next to an existing scheme. We are trying to develop within a specific area.

“We have done two years of environment and ecological studies and through that we have estabilshed there will be no significant effects other than some visual impact.”

An in-depth look at windfarms in Lincolnshire is appearing in tomorrow’s Grimsby Telegraph.

Source:  Grimsby Telegraph | 25 October 2012 | www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk

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