public meeting held over West Huntspill wind farm plans
boss of green energy company Ecotricity has this week defended
his plans to build a new wind farm on land at West Huntspill,
of residents attended a public meeting where Ecotricity formally
unveiled its plans to construct five wind turbines on land next
to Pawlett Road.
company, which orginally wanted to build a wind farm at Brent
Knoll two years ago, has held discussions with Sedgemoor District
Councul over the plans to build the 79 metre tall wind turnbines
on land north of the landfill site near the Huntspill River.
Vince, Ecotricity's founder and MD, told Burnham-On-Sea.com after
the meeting: "It was really useful to meet with local people,
hear their views and help clear up some of the myths that often
emerge about windmills at the planning stage."
there were people who were against the idea, we have had contact
from plenty more who think windmills at this site would be a good
confident this is a good site to harness local wind energy, the
temporary mast will simply give us a more detailed picture of
conditions on site."
turbines here could produce enough energy to power the equivalent
of nearly 8,000 homes local homes. And the clean electricity we
hope to make here will be available for local people to power
their homes and businesses with."
heard that the firm has called the site, located just off Pawlett
Road, the 'Black Ditch Wind Park' after the rhyne which runs through
the site. The site is pictured on the map above.
proposed turbines will have a bub height of 79m and a rotor diameter
of 82m. They would have a 10Mw capacity and generate 25.77million
units of 'green electricity' per year and, according to Ecotricity,
the CO2 savings would amount to 11,082 tonnes.
claims have been disputed by campaigners from the newly-formed
Huntspill Wind Farm group, who spoke out against the scheme
at the meeting. "Unlike the windmills of old, these huge
machines will dominate the landscape and will have harmful local
environmental impacts," a spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
over 400 feet, these wind turbines will be the height of Brent
Knoll and a blot on the Levels Landscape. The electricity produced
will be hugely expensive - twice the cost of conventional or nuclear
first reported last October on the proposed
wind farms at West Huntspill. EDF is also planning a separate
nine wind turbine wind farm at nearby Puriton.