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Anger over turbine plans

More than 100 people turned out to discuss controversial plans for a wind farm in rural Wyre – and all but one said they opposed the scheme.

The public meeting was held at St Michael’s Village Hall by the residents’ action group set up to fight the proposals for seven 410-feet high turbines at farm land at Cuckoo Wood, off Band Lane, St Michael’s.

It came ahead of public exhibitions on Saturday at the same venue, which have been organised by developer RWE Innogy UK to give residents the chance to have their say on the plans and on the layout of the wind farm.

Opponents – who are concerned the turbines could be just 700 metres from some homes – held the meeting to raise awareness of the impact they fear the structures could have.

When asked the question: “Who is against the proposed Cuckoo Wood wind farm?” the vast majority of people raised their hands. A few people abstained and only one said they backed the scheme.

Concerns include the visual impact, possible health effects, the impact on wildlife and the environment, and fears the turbines could affect property values and businesses like caravan sites.

Bob Bonner, of the action group, said: “We were overwhelmed by the turnout and there were some really strong feelings expressed.

“There were some emotional stories from people who came from other parts of Lancashire, like Eagland Hill and Nateby, about the impact turbines had had on them.

“We are really going to try our utmost to fight these plans by a large German company which wants to put these monstrosities into our British countryside. We will not give up.”

Mr Bonner, 55, of Moss Lane, said he had heard of people living close to the turbines near Nateby who had been forced to change their bedrooms due to the noise from the blades. He added that he was also concerned about the impact of shadow flicker.

The RWE exhibition is open from 10am to 3pm Saturday. Alice Byrne, who is developing the scheme for RWE, said: “As a responsible developer, we are undertaking comprehensive studies on site including landscape and visual assessments, noise monitoring and ecology surveys.

“The results indicate that the site is suitable to host a wind farm and we are using them to help us sensitively design the proposed scheme.”