Protesters armed with placards gathered outside Stowford Village Hall recently, before a meeting by the parish council to discuss the proposal for a 77m wind turbine for Wreys Barton Farm. The parish council invited representatives from the developers Murex Energy, Steve Ellam and Walter Wonnacott, as well as Neil Farrington from Community Power Cornwall and MABRAKE (Milton Abbot, Bradstone and Kelly – an independent group of residents which campaigns to preserve the West Devon countryside) representative David Gynn. During the meeting, the Murex representatives explained their current plans at Wreys Barton Farm and how they saw the project developing. The representative from Community Power Cornwall explained how people might invest in the scheme or take advantage of the community support packages. The recurring question among the public was the subject of community consultation, with many local people saying they had not received a letter informing them of Murex’s plans. The developers offered to extend the return date of a questionnaire they had devised, until the end of September, to allow those people time to return theirs. MABRAKE’s Mr Gynn told the meeting that wind turbines were not being built to benefit the population but were built for financial gain. He also said that they had proof that house sales were being lost because of the threat of wind turbines being built nearby and that property values of nearby houses were consequently eroded. Murex Energy have, as yet, only submitted a screening request for the wind turbine – no formal planning application has been made.
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