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South Cumbria villagers vow to fight off fresh bid to get windfarm approved  

Credit:  North-West Evening Mail | 15 July 2014 | www.nwemail.co.uk ~~

Angry residents plan to campaign against new wind turbines which have been recommended for approval.

David Amos, 70, of Combe View, Haverigg, says residents have been fighting off repeated planning applications by Partnerships for Renewables for years.

The scheme would see five turbines built on Haverigg Prison land. However, Copeland Borough Council’s planning committee has rejected a previous bid for 15 turbines in the same area.

Mr Amos said lorries would need to either travel over Wainsgate Bridge or through the village.

He said: “Their plans just died last time when they were refused and now they’re at it again.”

The residents own Combe View, a private road, and would need to give permission for the extra traffic to pass or a second route would need to be built.

Mr Amos said: “They can’t just push us out the way. We kicked up a fuss last time and we’ll do it again. We thought that it had died after the last planning application 14 months ago.”

The 25-year operation would be constructed on land belonging to HMP Haverigg off North Lane, on a former airfield adjacent to an existing windfarm.

Mr Amos also fears that, if the plan is approved, Partnerships for Renewables will want to expand up to the 15 originally planned.

He added: “I think once they get these five they will just want more. I have lived and worked in cities all of my life but I came to this quiet village to retire with my little dog.

“The trucks will either have to go over the bridge or through the village. Those are the only options.

“It could be dangerous if there are lots of vehicles coming through the village when children are coming out of school.

“I am very concerned for the children because it is safe for them to run around, but with all the traffic it could be horrendous and lead to an accident.”

Mr Amos also fears the “monster” turbines will create a camera-like flash when the sun hits them.

He added: “It could be dangerous because when the sun hits those monsters they flash like a camera which could blind drivers.”

The application will be debated on Wednesday in the Bainbridge Room, Copeland Centre, Whitehaven, at 2pm.

Source:  North-West Evening Mail | 15 July 2014 | www.nwemail.co.uk

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