flock to wind farm meeting over controversial scheme
was standing room only when almost 150 residents filled a public
meeting in West Huntspill on Thursday evening (June 10th) to air
their views on controversial proposals to build a new wind farm.
Huntspill's Balliol Hall was full to capacity, as pictured here,
for the meeting to discuss Ecotricity's proposals to construct
five new wind turbines on the outskirts of the village.
ran high several times during the two hour meeting, when those
in favour of the scheme verbally clashed with opponents while
explaining their views in front of Jane Moreton, Chairman of Sedgemoor
District Council, and County Councillor Mark Healey.
Roger Lucken outlined why he opposes the "very inefficient"
scheme, explaining: "At best, these wind turbines are only
ever 25 per cent efficient, so to produce the same power as Hinkley
Point we'd need almost 10,000 of them to be built here. That shows
how little power they actually generate."
would also be incredibly out of keeping here. At 120 metres tall,
the turbines would be six times the height of Woolavington Church
and as the rotors are 80 metres in diameter, they would sweep
the area of a football pitch."
went on to claim how the proposed wind farm would cause "enormous
damage" to the flood plain with respect to wildlife and added
that the constant low frequency noise emitted by the turbines,
measuring 60-65 decibels, would be "noticed by residents
like a constant fog horn."
residents in the audience, however, spoke in favour of the scheme.
Peter said: "I can't understand why so much fuss is being
made about this when Hinkley Point is just across the bay and
is a potential ticking time bomb that if something happened would
have a far greater impact on us all."
a young member of the audience spoke up to say: "Give the
wind farm a chance - don't just say 'no' automatically without
properly considering the scheme. I'd like to see us keeping an
open mind on it and testing the height and sound to check its
Councillor Mark Healey, who chaired the meeting, said he expects
a planning application for the scheme to be formally submitted
to Sedgemoor District Council "very shortly."
recently told Burnham-On-Sea.com that if the plans are approved,
the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power over
7,810 homes and save over 11,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
photos show the scenes inside the hall at Thursday's public meeting
and the map above shows the spot where Ecotricity wants to build
the wind farm