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Villages add their voice to anti wind farm call

Villages around the Swift Valley have united in their opposition to a proposed wind farm.

The parish councils of Churchover, Cotesbach, Monks Kirby, Bitteswell and Pailton have all published detailed objections to the mooted Swift Wind Farm, a four-turbine development backed by energy firm RES.

The objections are based around such aspects as visual impact, damage and pollution resulting from construction, environmental damage, spoiling views and noise pollution.

Lorne Smith of protest group Against Subsidised Windfarms Around Rugby (ASWAR) said: “The democratic structure is certainly singing from the same song sheet.”

He added that English Heritage, Warwickshire Highways, Leicestershire County Council, The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, the County biodiversity team and the British Horse Society had all expressed concern over the windfarm.

Mr Smith said that over 210 objections had been registered from around 170 households, and that the borough council would continue to accept objections up to the end of February, ahead of an anticipated Planning Committee hearing on Wednesday March 12.

He concluded: “It would be fantastic to see as many people as possible on the Town Hall steps for a final Rally to help the planning committee councillors make the right decision and prove again to the arrogant, greedy developers that the community does not want their industrial turbines to ruin one of Warwickshire’s most beautiful heritage and wildlife sites.”