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185 TV signals could be affected by planned wind turbine in Manby  

Credit:  Grimsby Telegraph | 24 January 2013 | www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk ~~

The TV signals of about 185 homes could be affected by plans for a wind turbine.

An application by Bernard Matthews Wind Energy Co-operative Limited for a single turbine at Causeway Bridge Farm, in Manby, includes details of how residents may find their TV signal affected.

The developers claim that this figure is likely to reduce because of better digital technology and say this is a chance for people to invest in local renewable energy.

The 500kw turbine, measuring 78 metres, would be built at the farm, which has 10 turkey sheds, and would generate enough electricity to power up to 313 households.

The application is part of a newly-formed Bernard Matthews Wind Energy Co-operative, in partnership with Enery4all, a not-for-profit organisation.

The co-operative has also lodged plans for five other turbines in Spalding and Norfolk.

The planning documents states 185 homes are likely to be affected and “mitigation measures” are in place, provided at the cost of the applicant.

John Malone, from Energy4all, said: “With any application we have to assess a range of things and that includes television assessment.

“The indicative number of 185 is a potential impact only. This is something which has to be assessed with every wind farm application.

“We must take into consideration the new digital switchover, which means it may be far fewer properties than 185.”

He is inviting East Lindsey residents to invest in the co-operative, with shares ranging from £250 to £20,000 available.

“This is a new co-operative and a chance for people to engage with renewable energy,” said Mr Malone.

“People can express an interest through our website and Bernard Matthews employees are also being given an opportunity to be involved.

“The aim is to give something back to the communities involved in these schemes as well as through a community fund.”

A Manby resident, who did not wish to be named, would be able to see the proposed turbine from her window and is objecting.

She said: “Louth and its surrounding area are so unique and really should be left alone.

“It is the only strength we have got, the beauty of our countryside – this is our asset. That is why I moved here.”

The application is yet to be determined by East Lindsey District Council. Visit www.bmwe.coop

Source:  Grimsby Telegraph | 24 January 2013 | www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk

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