Campaigners in East Lindsey have called for community groups to join forces against what they are describing as “the wind farm invasion”.
Marsh Wind Farm Action Group (MWAG) raised the issue at a meeting at Grimoldby Village Hall, which was aimed at showing communities likely to be effected by proposed wind farms that there is help and advice available.
Melvin Grosvenor, of MWAG, said: “When the developers come to small villages and communities, many people can be left baffled by the documents and information they show to prove the positives of having a wind farm.
“I want to help any and all communities – be they parish councils or resident groups – to understand the jargon and get to know both the sides of the story.
“My opinion on turbines is clear and I make no attempt to hide it.
“This organisation staunchly opposes all wind turbines.
“However, I will not demand action from any group.
“I want to work with them and help them see what is the best solution for their area, whether they have a wind farm or not.”
He also appealed for community leaders to alert the group to news of new applications.
He said: “There are so many being proposed that we can’t always know where they are.
“This is where community groups can contact us regarding any proposed site to find out more information.
“We want to encourage informed debate and not leave people to fathom very complicated reports from the companies by themselves.
“These companies have a lot of financial backing and some expert legal teams.
“There are many groups opposing single developments, but to really make a difference we must stand together and be a collective force.
“I will happily work with anybody who is concerned.”
Peter Robert, vice-chairman of Grimoldby and Manby Parish Council, said that before the meeting he had not heard of MWAG, but will consider consulting the group in future.
He said: “We will always take on board the concerns of our residents regarding any proposed wind turbine.
“After hearing from Melvin, we will consider speaking to him and his organisation if we feel the need.
“We agree that to oppose wind turbines we must present a united front and stand together.”
For more information about MWAG, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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