plans for West Huntspill attract mixed feedback
100 West Huntspill residents voiced their concerns about controversial
plans to build five new wind turbines in the village during a
special open day on Tuesday (May 11th).
electricity company Ecotricity put its proposals for the 'Black
Ditch' project on display at an exhibition in the Balliol Village
Photomontages of the scheme gave residents an idea of what the
huge turbines would look like from various locations in the area
- and Ecotrocity says it received mixed opinions about the scheme.
100 people attended the event to find out more about the plans
and separate for themselves the facts and the myths," Ecotricity
spokesman Mike Cheshire told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
were a mixture of opinions, with some people for the scheme and
others against. We often see concerns about new applications,
but the overall benefit environmentally will be huge."
local residents, including Mike Gardner and Thomas O'Neil (pictured
right), have yet to be convinced about the benefits and voiced
their concern about the plans.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm worried about the impact on
local wildlife and the noise affects on local residents. The exhibition
was interesting, but did not provide enough information on the
concerns many of us have."
Mr O'Neil said: "We're not against wind farms or 'green energy'
but the location of the turbines here in West Huntspill is wrong
and would have a negative impact on this area."
residents raised concerns about the negative impact the scheme
might have on local house prices.
knows the local property market is still depressed during the
recession and having a wind farm sited here would just push local
prices lower - why would anyone want to buy a house near a wind
farm?" one resident, Andy Graham, asked at the event.
But Ecotrocity's Mike Cheshire claimed a recent independent study
found property prices are actually unaffacted by wind farms over
the medium to longer term.
firm also revealed during Tuesday's event that it hopes to submit
its scheme to be considered by district council planners during
the next 6-8 weeks.
approved, it says the wind farm would generate enough electricity
for the equivalent of over 7,810 homes and save over 11,000 tonnes
of CO2 each year.
councillor Jane Moreton, who was at Tuesday's event, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
she has not yet reached any conclusions about the project. "I'm
here to listen to the public's feedback on the proposals, but
have not come to any conclusions yet. There are a lot of views
and feelings about it and all these will be considered."