Thursday, 11pm: Scores of concerned residents attended a public meeting in Thorney this evening (April 25) over controversial proposals for a wind farm near the village.
The Thorney Landscape Protection Group had called the meeting at Bedford Hall, in Station Road, in opposition to plans for eight wing turbines, 126.5m high, at Gores Farm, in Whittlesey Road, Thorney.
The £29m plans, currently out to consultation, have been submitted to Peterborough City Council by Peterborough Wind Energy, a subsidiary of the Wales-based West Coast Energy.
Tonight’s meeting was a chance to galvanise opposition against the application – just one of a host of wind farms mooted for the area.
Bob Davis, a member of the Thorney Landscape Protection Group and chair of the meeting, said some 42 wind turbines, at different stages of the planning process, were known to be in the offing for the parish.
He said: “If we don’t stop this one. I fear the flood gates will open.”
He urged residents to register their objections to the wind farm with Peterborough City Council before the end of the consultation period, Friday, May 17.
He said: “These monsters will destroy, to my eye, the unique quality and beauty and appeal of the fen.”
He added: “As a community, we need to get off our collective backside and do something about it.”
Among the political figures giving their backing to campaigners were Cllr David Sanders, member for Eye and Thorney at Peterborough City Council, and MP for Peterborough Stewart Jackson.
Mr Jackson was among the speakers who advised residents to keep their objections to matters planning officers could take into account, which includes noise, for example, but not the impact on property prices.
He added: “I’m on your side and I stand ready to assist you in any way that I can.”
The meeting was also a chance for members of the public to put questions to Peterborough City Council’s planning officer Nick Harding.
He told concerned residents despite the authority’s ambitions of being an Environmental Capital that did not mean the application was not an overriding consideration for the city council.
He said: “It is keen on doing renewable energy, but that is not at any price.”
A representative from West Coast Energy was not at the meeting, but has previously stated the proposed wind farm would generate up to 24MW of power – equivalent to the annual domestic electricity consumption of 13,011 homes.
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