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Chorus of disapproval over wind turbines

The chorus of objections to plans to erect three wind turbines overlooking Port Erin grew louder after further issues were raised by Port Erin Commissioners.

The plan (14/00632/B) by multi-millionaire John Whittaker is to erect three 10Kw wind turbines at Ballaman, Ballnahowe Road, Rushen.

Rushen Parish Commissioners (RPC) voted unanimously against the proposal and it has provoked many letters of objection from members of the public.

Port Erin Commissioners requested interested party status; the planning committee will decide if this will be granted.

Barbara Guy said her greatest concern is ‘there could be more [turbines]. You could go from three to suddenly 10.’

Nick Watterson said: ‘It’s not something I want for Meayll Hill … particularly if there could be more.’

Phil Crellin agreed the main concern is the impact of the view from Meayll Hill, ‘they will stand out’.

Godfrey Egee said: ‘If they were somewhere else they would not have such an impact.’

He added he did not want to ‘industrialise’ the headland, a tourist draw.

Chairman Ged Power commented on the whole development at Ballaman, he said: ‘It seems to be expanding. I’m not comfortable with the landscape having this feature in it.

‘We would not be seeing great benefits other than to the residents up there, who will have lower fuel bills.’

They voted unanimously to object to the plan.