Published: March 15, 2010
Campaign to stop wind farm plans near Burnham gathers pace

Dozens of villagers near Burnham-On-Sea have stepped up their campaign to prevent huge new wind turbines being built near their homes.

Residents from East and West Huntspill attended a public meeting last week, as pictured below, where they said the huge structures would blight the landscape and destroy wildlife.

The villagers have now formally launnched their campaign to fight the wind farms in response to recent proposals from EDF Energy and Ecotricity.

Julie Trott from The Huntspill Wind Farm Action Group told "Some types of turbines themselves are relatively quiet, it is the blades moving through the air that make a horrific noise. The vibration caused by the turbines can make people physically ill."

"The visual impact on this wonderful part of Somerset will be totally destroyed."

EDF has recently submitted plans to Sedgemoor District Council for a 60m tall weather data gathering mast on land to the south west of Withy Farm, Withy Grove, in East Huntspill.

A decision on the mast, which will measure wind speeds, is expected in April and the future plans involve nine turbines on the site.

In addition to this, 'green' power company Ecotricity has submitted plans for a wind measuring mast on land at Black Ditch in West Huntspill, off Puriton Road.

Located next to the Walpole Landfill Site, the future plan includes five turbines which would collect enough power from the wind for 7,810 homes.

Ecotricity says the scheme will generate a huge contribution to the UK's renewable energy targets and will save 11,082 tonnes of CO2.

Sedgemoor District Council planning officer Chris Gomm has recommended the measuring mast be approved when it considered by councillors later this month. first reported last October on the proposed wind farms at West Huntspill.


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