September 6, 2013

Threat of wind turbines is now ‘unprecedented’, says campaigner

Grimsby Telegraph | September 06, 2013 |

A public meeting will hear views about plans for four wind turbines in a rural village.

Ludborough Parish Council has organised a public meeting on Tuesday after canvassing villagers for their views about three applications affecting the area.

They include an application and screening opinion for a temporary anemometry mast and a scoping opinion for the erection of a maximum of four 125m wind turbines on land at Damswells Farm in Ludborough.

The meeting will also take other wind farms proposed nearby into consideration, including Southfield Farm in Tetney, for three turbines measuring up to 115m high, and the Bishopthorpe Farm application where ASC Renewables want to erect eight 105m-high turbines next to two existing turbines at Anglian Water’s Newton Marsh plant.

It comes as Partnership for Renewables (PfR) has launched an appeal against East Lindsey District Council’s refusal for three turbines at nearby Louth Canal, North Thoresby.

The meeting is to be attended by county and district councillor Tony Bridges, Councillor Craig Leyland, portfolio holder for planning at East Lindsey District Council, David Loveday from ELDC’s planning department and Melvin Grosvenor from the Marsh Windfarm Action Group.

MP Sir Peter Tapsell has also been invited to attend.

Wind farm campaigner Mr Grosvenor said this area of East Lindsey is unprecedented for the number of wind farm and singular turbine applications.

He said: “This is an unprecedented push for turbines in this relatively small area when combined with applications for small turbines.

“Considering Conisholme and Yarburgh are also nearby, the applications for this area are going up with increasing alarm.

“Ecotricity will, at some stage, further develop at Conisholme, even if it is to replace the current turbines with much bigger ones.

“Anyone living in this area, I am afraid, is facing a huge threat which is monumentally unprecedented for such a small area between the Lincolnshire Wolds and the coast.

“At the public meeting I hope people will see the MWAG group as the way forward in helping to put up a very strong case.”

Parish councillor John Loomes said the council canvassed villagers to gain opinion before organising the meeting.

Of the 73 residents canvassed, 61 residents voted to oppose, six were in support and six offered no comment.

He said: “From the canvas results we thought that there was enough call there to hold a public meeting, while also considering the other applications in the area.

“People are concerned about the cumulative effect as well as the effect on their properties.”

The meeting is on Tuesday at St Mary’s Church, Ludborough, at 7pm.

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