July 31, 2014

Residents vow to fight as plan for more wind turbines near Tetney goes to appeal

Grimsby Telegraph | July 31, 2014 | www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

Wind farm protesters are stepping up their campaign against any plans for further developments in the area as a plan for eight more goes to appeal.

Melvin Grosvenor, chairman of the Marsh Windfarm Action Group (MWAG), said he would continue to “fight” what he feels is the proliferation of wind farms.

According to the MWAG website, if all the proposed wind turbines are built in East Lindsey – together with existing farms – the grand total will stand at 192.

The decision to refuse plans for eight more wind turbines to be built at Bishopthorpe Farm wind farm, on privately-owned land to the south-east of Humberston is being taken to appeal next week.

Ahead of the hearing, Mr Grosvenor staged a public meeting at the Seymours Club at Thorpe Park, Humberston, to “raise the profile of what’s happening in the local area”.

He said: “We’ve gathered documents and montages of all the proposed plans to give people an idea of what it’s going to look like. We’ll continue to fight in the best interest of the local community – they do not want this.”

A spokesman for Thorpe Park added: “We are completely against the proposed wind farm and we have already lodged our concerns with the council and the inquiry.”

The protesters also have the planning authority in their corner at the appeal hearing.

East Lindsey District Council will be fighting the appeal at Tedder Hall, in Louth, on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the council said: “We will, of course, be fighting the appeal on grounds of landscape, visual impact and cultural heritage.”

Linda Hague, 64, of The Fitties, is the secretary of MWAG and passionately believes that the proposals must not go ahead.

She said: “It will totally destroy the whole area’s aesthetic; for the amount of energy it will produce in erecting all these wind turbines, they’re not going to get the pay-off.

“It’ll ruin the land.

“In 20 years’ time, when they have to dismantle them, all you’ll have is concrete land that won’t be able to be used for food.

“We seem to be getting them from Humberston to Mablethorpe.”

Another present at the meeting was Tetney Lock resident Steve Edwards, 62.

He said: “We’re just trying to raise awareness of what’s going on to as many residents as possible. Initially two have gone up, but if we get eight more that’s not good news for us residents.

“We have objections regarding the aesthetics, to the noise and what impact will it have on the wildlife?

“There may be a wind turbine less than one kilometre from my house, that’s all I’ll be able to see from my window.”

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