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Villagers on the march over wind farm plans

Residents of Mursley, Drayton Parslow and Newton Longville came together last Saturday morning to protest against the proposed siting of wind turbines in Mursley parish.

MP for Buckingham John Bercow joined a group from the villages who were marching to show their opposition to Mursley being the location for an industrial wind farm.

The march, which set off from Greenacre Hall in Drayton Parslow, took the protestors to the site of the possible wind farm near the historic village of Salden.

North Bucks Wind Energy, a subsidiary of the national company West Coast Energy, has planning permission to erect an 80m-high anemometer mast for up to three years on land at Cowpasture Farm, Salden, between the villages of Mursley, Drayton Parslow and Newton Longville. The purpose of an anemometer is to measure wind speed.

West Coast Energy said in its planning application: “Although this development, by itself, would not generate wind power, its primary purpose is to record wind speed and direction to facilitate the development of a wind farm.”

The campaign against the turbines being placed on the rural site is being led by Stop Salden Turbines, a committee of local residents with Mr Bercow as president.

Mr Bercow told the Advertiser: “Though in principle I have no objection to onshore wind, I have supported a number of campaigns in my constituency to prevent the development of wind farms in areas I, and other constituents, consider inappropriate.

“As far as the Salden turbines are concerned, Mursley is a rural, residential area and I am minded to think that the net benefit of such a development is far outweighed by the detrimental impact these wind turbines will have on those living in the locality.”