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Villagers fighting wind turbine plan  

Credit:  By Samantha Hadadi | The Hinckley Times | Sep 30, 2014 | www.hinckleytimes.net ~~

Furious villagers are fighting plans to install a wind turbine in Bagworth over safety concerns.

Angry residents say that plans for a turbine in the village are not safe because the site, which is based on former mining land, is prone to caving in.

Villagers have set up a protest group, called Villagers Against the Turbine, to fight the plans, which would see a 100m high turbine installed just off Barlestone Road.

However, residents say that there is “real concern” over the safety of the turbine.

Wendy Myers, who is leading the protests, said that many people in the village suffered subsidence, or land falling in.

She added: “We do have personal feelings about this turbine, but the real issue here is about the stability of the land as its ex-mining land.

“We have had a lot of people coming up to us who have experienced subsidence, which would only get worse with a turbine. One chap, who’s geologist, is even concerned that the ground movement caused by a turbine would trigger an uplift of land.

“This is not about whether or not we like turbines, we feel that there is a massive, massive safety issue for everyone in the village. It beggars belief that this could get passed through.”

The plans for the turbine will appear before Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council on October 29.

David Sprason, county councillor for Markfield, Desford and Thornton, said that the turbines were “unwanted”.

He added: “Local residents are raising many legitimate concerns regarding the impact on house prices, visual impact, land stability due to the old mine workings and that it will bring no benefits in reducing their energy costs.

“I fear that despite the many objections to this application, the council officers will just approve it.”

A spokesman for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said that the application for the turbine is still being considered.

He added: “Any views our officer has on this, including any concerns, will appear in the report that will go out prior to the meeting.”

Source:  By Samantha Hadadi | The Hinckley Times | Sep 30, 2014 | www.hinckleytimes.net

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