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‘No support’ for Bicton Wind Farm  

Credit:  Written byANDREW DICKENS | News & Crier | 04 April 2013 | www.cambridge-news.co.uk ~~

Angry campaigners have said there is “no support” for revised wind farm plans near Kimbolton.

Members of Stop Bicton Wind Farm (SBWF) found that 93 per cent of people were against the development and 7 per cent were undecided in an exit poll conducted outside a public exhibition held by Broadview Energy.

The company wants to erect 125-metre-high wind turbines on Kimbolton Airfiled at Bicton. Its original plans for four turbines was refused by Huntingdonshire District Council and then rejected on appeal last year at a planning inquiry.

Richard Murphy, SBWF chairman, said: “This is a sorry case of big business trying to ride roughshod over the local community. Broadview have been told ‘no’ by hundreds of local residents, five parish councils, two district councils and a highly esteemed inspector.

“The new proposals only slightly differ from the old. The exit poll shows that the community’s opposition remains undimmed.”

Broadview displayed the new designs at a public exhibition in Kimbolton’s Mandeville Hall.

Tom Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy, said: “We were pleased by the level of interest shown by the local community. Or main aims were to explain how the new design of the site addresses the planning inspector’s findings and hear what residents have to say abut our new plans.

“We believe that the proposal is fully compliant with local and national planning policy and, if approved, could make a valuable contribution towards reducing carbon emissions and increasing the security of out energy supply by harnessing an abundant, domestic, natural resource with no ongoing import dependency.”

Broadview said it is also proposing to set aside cash to spend on local projects.

This could be up to £22,0000 year, calculated on how much energy is produced by the turbines, £2,5000 per MW, and would continue for the turbine’s lifetime of 25 years.

To find out more about the plans visit www.bictonwindfarm.com.

Source:  Written byANDREW DICKENS | News & Crier | 04 April 2013 | www.cambridge-news.co.uk

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