July 12, 2011
photos show how wind farms would impact local landscape
fighting against plans for six 140-metre tall wind turbines to
be built near Burnham-On-Sea have published these photo montages
of how the local landscape might look if the scheme gets the go-ahead.
newly-formed 'No Pilrow' group argues that the Somerset levels
around Burnham would be "spoilt forever" if the plans
were to win approval.
image above shows how countryside around Burnham would look if
Broadview Energy wins approval to build six turnbines next to
the M5 at Rooksbridge in addition to EDF and Ecotricity's plans
for nine wind turbines near East Huntspill.
No Pilrow group says the wind turbines "would be three times
as high" as the electricity pylons being proposed by the
National Grid to run through the area from Hinkley Point to Avonmouth.
Woolmington, from the No Pilrow group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"There is a growing opposition to these wind turbines which,
as the photos show, would have a big impact on our area."
publication of the photo montages comes as Broadview Energy,
the developer behind the proposed Pilrow wind farm at Rooksbridge,
announced a new series of public exhibitions to give residents
the opportunity to find out more about its plans.
Residents will have the following opportunities to meet the Broadview
team: Thursday July 21 at East Brent Village hall, from 2pm to
8:30pm; Friday July 22 at Mark Village Hall, from 12pm to 8pm;
and Saturday July 23 at The Stables Business Centre, Rooks Bridge,
from 10am to 2pm.
Cosgrove, project manager at Broadview Energy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Its important that we maintain an open and constructive
dialogue with residents. We want to give as many people as possible
the chance to meet us and find out more, which is why were
holding public exhibitions over three days at three different
"We would urge people to come along and have their say on
this, and indeed any issue relating to the project."
"It is widely recognised that we cannot continue to rely
on fossil fuels in the same way as we have done for so many years.
Onshore wind energy utilises an abundant and free natural resource,
is already making a tangible and crucial contribution to both
European and UK Government emissions reduction targets and has
the potential to vastly increase that contribution," said