New 'green' pressure group
is in favour of Brent Knoll wind farm
new Burnham-On-Sea pressure group has been formed to support renewable
energy and back the controversial plans for a huge wind farm at
organisation - FORCE (Families for Clean Energy) - has been set
up by a group of ten residents in the town.
week, Burnham-On-Sea.com spoke to one of its founding members,
Colette Winfield, about what she hopes to achieve.
feel there should be a balance of opinions about renewable energy,"
want to give a voice to all those people who are in favour of
using wind, waves and solar energy to generate electricity. We
are also in favour of the proposals to build wind farms like the
one planned at Brent Knoll."
intends to organise petitions, polls and go out onto the streets
of the town in coming months to promote its message.
people are concerned that the debate about wind power is being
hijacked by groups who have very personal reasons why a wind farm
should not be developed - it's usually about house prices."
fact, evidence suggests that these quickly recover. We speak for
the silent majority who want the discussion to return to important
issues like our country's future energy needs."
simply cannot continue to burn fossil fuels without calamitous
climate change which will certainly affect the Somerset coast.
We are equally opposed to more nuclear power stations which produce
nobody wants this in their back yard! As families, we wish to
stress that we are not just concerned about ourselves but about
future generations who will inherit our planet."
FORCE is based in Burnham-On-Sea, it hopes to draw support from
the area between Weston and Minehead, a stretch of coast where
several wind turbine sites are planned.
an informal group with no chairman or secretary and we're completely
free to join," added Colette. "We'd like to hear from
anyone who wants to join us."
group be contacted by telephone on 01278 789824 or by email at
seperate action group, 'kNOll to Windfarm', was set up last autumn
to fight plans for the proposed Brent Knoll wind farm. Its members
have been keen to emphasise that they are not 'anti-green' but
are simply opposing the proposals at Brent Knoll.
news comes as Ecotricity, the Gloucestershire-based company behind
the proposals, is preparing to submit a planning application for
the turbines which it claims will produce enough electricity to
power 8,000 homes.
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