pack wind farm protest meeting as campaign gathers pace
100 residents from two villages near Burnham-On-Sea gathered in
Puriton on Thursday night (April 1st) when their campaign against
a proposed wind farm stepped up a gear.
Bridgwater MP Ian Liddell-Grainger and Huntspill County Councillor
Mark Healey were among the crowd of concerned East Huntspill and
West Huntspill residents at the packed meeting, pictured here.
company Ecotricity wants to build a wind farm consisting of five
turbines at Black Ditch in West Huntspill, as pictured on the
approved, the wind farm would generate enough power for 7,810
homes and also generate a huge contribution to the UK's renewable
residents claim the huge structures would blight the landscape
and even hurt wildlife.
majority of people in this area are not objecting against wind
turbines - just the proposed location of them," Cllr Healey
told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "There are far better locations
for them, away from the countryside surrounding our villages."
local residents spoke out strongly against the scheme - including
Alison Hawkins, co-ordinator of the East Huntspill Action Group,
and local campaigner Liz Loveless, both of whom are pictured above
with Mr Liddell-Grainger and Cllr Healey.
Mike Cheshire, spokesman for Ecotricity, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Theres some very wild and negative claims being made
about wind turbines, including some real myths about underground
vibrations and contaminated water courses."
are entirely right to be concerned about the environment
so are we. Thats why weve chosen a site thats
already between the existing man-made features of the M5 motorway,
the A38, the main rail line and a landfill site. Weve already
carried out extensive environmental studies, including with our
own in-house ecologist and consulting bodies including Natural
England, the Environment Agency and RSPB."
"For this wind park to go ahead, we have to meet a host of
very strict criteria regarding people and wildlife. If it cant,
it doesnt go ahead."
"There are 40,000 households in Sedgemoor, and wed
ask them to make up their own mind based on the facts and not
rely on the heated words. Well be holding a public exhibition
in late April or early May, where people can find out more information
and ask questions they may have."
first reported last October on the proposed
wind farms at West Huntspill.